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Dr. Katie and Dr. Ann have a dream team of great staff members here at our hospital who contribute to patient and client care alike.  They have been hired not only because they are skilled in their arenas and share our philosophy of compassionate patient care but because they have good hearts and sincere interest in our field.  Let us introduce them to you…

Petra Schoenbrod
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Petra Schoenbrod has enjoyed her career as a Veterinary Technician for nearly 24 years.  She received an Associate Degree in Equine Management from the State University of New York in Cobleskill, NY in 1984.  Following college, she had the privilege of training in dressage and jumping for five years with Istvan Sorenyi-Sander.  In the veterinary field, her work has included both general and referral practices in Wisconsin, South Carolina, and Maine.  She has worked with a wide variety of animals including dogs, cats, horses, exotics and even zoo animals.  Dentistry and laboratory work are her areas of greatest interest and passion. Petra lives on a small farm in Arundel with her "three sons" an English Setter named Scout and her two Oldenburg horses, Ben and Rudi. When not riding her horses Petra enjoys hiking, biking, skiing and co-leading a junior youth group.

 

Anne Thurlow
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Anne earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science - Pre-Veterinary Medicine from the University of New Hampshire in May 1999. On the advice of her college advisor, she decided to work in a veterinary hospital for a year before applying to vet school. One year turned into several and before long she was well into her career as a veterinary technician. She sat for the Veterinary Technician National Exam at Tufts University in January 2004 and passed to earn her C.V.T. status. Over the past 11 years she has worked in several small animal and specialty practices in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Prior to coming to Pine Point, she was the Ophthalmology Technician in Dover, NH and retains her interest in ocular injury and disease. She also greatly enjoys her work with exotics and although she no longer has ferrets of her own, she gets her fix by caring for them as patients. Anne finds daily challenges at work that keep her job interesting and fun. Anne lives in Saco with her husband, Adam, and her son, Mason - as well as their two cats, Chuck and Crocker and two dogs, Willis and Aggie. Outside work, Anne enjoys photography and loves documenting family memories in scrapbooks.

 

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Amanda Parker
Veterinary Technician

Amanda Parker graduated from Great Bay Community College in Stratham, New Hampshire with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology in May 2008. She started at Pine Point doing an internship in 2007 and upon graduation applied to become a permanent part of our team. Amanda's primary interest is exotic medicine with a special focus on rabbits. Amanda has three pets of her own, two cats, Garfield and Monkey, and a Husky named Stormy. When not at work, Amanda enjoys working out with kettlebells, running, hiking, traveling and eating sushi.

 

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Lisa Grimaldi
Veterinary Assistant

Lisa started her career in veterinary medicine here at Pine Point Animal Hospital in 2006 after having worked in the child care field for 22 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Since 2006 Lisa has been enrolled in classes on-line through Purdue University with the goal of becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. Lisa is very excited about her new career path and expanding her education to include her first love – animals. Lisa’s interest in veterinary medicine was sparked by her work with the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook. It was in this role that Lisa met Drs. Ann and Katie. Her fostering provided care for the feline population for 5½ years. Lisa’s house is filled with not only her own pets, but also with various cats and dogs that she is frequently “sitting” for someone else. When she is not at work or studying for classes, Lisa has been known to enjoy reading a good book (or twenty), watching an entertaining movie or cross-stitching a project as a gift for someone.

 

Amy Plourde
Veterinary Assistant

Amy is currently a veterinary assistant who joined Pine Point in September of 2009 after coming here as a client with her many ferrets. She has previously worked at veterinary hospitals in both Massachusetts and Colorado. Amy is considering becoming a licensed technician in the future. Amy has a particular interest in anything ferret-related. She shares her home with her fiance, Chris, three cats: Summit, Fern and June, and her four ferrets: Pepper Anne, Grover, Hannah and Lily. In her spare time she likes to hike, bike and crochet. Amy also enjoys snowmobiling, riding her four-wheeler and working on home improvement projects.

 

Gretchen DiStefano
Receptionist

Gretchen has been wearing many hats in the veterinary field since 1994. She has cross-trained in many areas of veterinary care but enjoys reception and interaction with clients the most. She started at Pine Point part-time in 2007 becoming full-time in 2009. Gretchen and her husband, Neil, have a beautiful 4 year old daughter, Reese, and are currently expecting their 2nd child in May 2011. They also live with their 2 cats, Sir Brody Wallace McGee of County Donnegal (yes, this is his real name but they call him “Brody” for short), their black Domestic Long Hair and “Shadow”, their very chubby grey Domestic Short Hair. In what spare time Gretchen gets, she has a love of reading, photography and spending time with her family.

 

Thea Hall
Receptionist

Thea began her career in the veterinary field in April of 2008 as a part-time kennel and front desk assistant for Pine Point. In May of 2009 she came on board full time as a receptionist while occasionally assisting in the treatment area. Before coming to Pine Point, Thea worked in the Early Childhood Education field for more than 20 years. While fostering cats and kittens for the Animal Refuge League she realized she enjoyed working with animals and moved to Pine Point as soon as was possible. Rumor has it she has been having fun ever since. When not at work, Thea enjoys reading (made best when her cat snuggles with her), watching movies, riding her motorcycle and taking her beloved Austrailian Shepherds for walks.

 

Sandra Ramirez
Receptionist/Assistant

Sandra has been in the veterinary field since 1996 and has worked at clinics in Maine and Florida. She finds working with clients brings her great joy. During her time in Florida, she rescued a kitten and puppy from death by adopting them. Khumbu, the long-haired Chihuahua and Olivia the cat are now doing well and enjoying their life with Sandra's other pets - Keela (terrier cross) and three cats: Smokey, Sabrina and Phoebe (newest addition from a local shelter). In 2010 while working at a law firm in Florida, she met, Harold, they married and moved back to Maine. She has returned to her true calling of working with animals. Sandra has a 23 year old daughter, Erika, who next summer will bless her with her first grandchild. When not working, Sandra enjoys spending time with her husband and pets, reading and going on long drives.

 

   
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