J. Wesley Chapin, DVM
Dr. Chapin grew up on his family’s farm in upstate New York. As a young man he was very active in 4-H and worked with sheep and various livestock. He also enjoyed working at a local veterinary hospital. Both his upbringing and background in animal care made veterinary medicine a very natural career path for him.
Dr. Chapin received his Bachelor of Science degree from North Dakota State University and later received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University.
He first began his veterinary career in a mixed animal practice, but found he wanted to focus more on small animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Chapin moved to the northeast and joined the Broadview Animal Hospital team in 2005. He then became an owner of the practice in 2008.
Although Dr. Chapin enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, he is most passionate about soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. He has pursued continuing education to further his skills by attending the Ohio State Fracture Management course, and has also undergone training to perform Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) surgery to manage anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in dogs. Although not board certified, Dr. Chapin also manages broken bones, luxating patella (knee cap) disease, and femoral head and neck ostectomies (FHO surgery). He says, “I truly love seeing my patients heal and get back to being active and happy after an injury. I want to be sure everything goes smoothly with my patients throughout the recovery process. I feel a duty to help my clients maintain peace of mind through health challenges.”
Dr. Chapin says that he enjoys practicing veterinary medicine because he has “always had a deep desire to help heal animals when they are sick or hurt. I also thoroughly enjoy getting to know my patients. They each have their own personality.”
Dr. Chapin is currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Study Groups Organization.
Interestingly enough, Dr. Chapin met his wife, Hilary, during their time together in 4-H as teenagers. They have two young children. Dr. Chapin loves to travel with his family and also enjoys building, skiing and fly fishing.
The Chapin family has a plethora of pets. They have four cats named Lilo, Princess Kiss, Camella, and Flowery. (As you can tell, the kids have taken an active role in naming the pets.) They also own five dogs: a Corgi named Gabby, a Cocker Spaniel named Willy, a Labrador Retriever named Rosie, and two Great Pyrenees that are livestock guardian dogs, named Rita and Chunk. They watch over the forty Romney sheep that also reside at the Chapin home, which is aptly named “Smiling Sheep Farm”. The family takes pride in showing the sheep nationally and selling their beautiful fleeces.
Christine Davis, DVM
Born and raised in Montana, Dr. Davis loved animals from a young age and spent many hours on her grandfather’s cattle ranch taming barn kittens and feeding orphaned calves.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Montana State University. She then received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University. It was there that she met her future husband, Michael, and graduated with honors. She completed her internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Louisiana State University.
Dr. Davis began working at Broadview Animal Hospital in April of 1992 and became an owner of the practice in 2008. She loves all aspects of veterinary medicine but has particular interest in internal medicine, geriatrics, feline behavior and soft tissue surgery.
She states, “I love the human-animal bond and establishing a relationship with my clients that lasts for years. I truly enjoy meeting all of their pets and learning all of their stories.”
Her goals are to stay on top of the latest advances in veterinary medicine and also to continually improve upon the customer service we provide. She enjoys taking the time to be sure every patient is as comfortable and calm as possible, and even created special examination rooms in the hospital that are specially suited for our feline patients.
Dr. Davis is an admitted lover of “crazy adventures” and enjoys traveling to exotic locations. She has been skydiving, bungee jumping, scuba diving, and has even had a close encounter with a great white shark. She is a thrill seeker who is also athletic; she regularly competes in many sporting events like triathlons and road races.
Dr. Davis loves ballroom dancing with her husband, who is an equine veterinarian. They have a daughter and son who both attended college in New England. She owns three dogs: a Labrador Retriever mix named Rea a Shih Tzu named Reggie and a Maltese mix named Maizy. She also has three cats named Mackenzie, Finnegan and Owen.
Cameron MacDearmid, DVM
Dr. MacDearmid grew up in Topsfield, Massachusetts surrounded by dogs, cats, horses, cows, goats, and chickens. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. He then received his Masters Degree in Microbiology from the University of Chicago, and later attended Cornell University where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. In 2014, Dr. MacDearmid joined the Broadview team and four years later in 2018 he became an owner of Broadview Animal Hospital.
Dr. MacDearmid states, “Being a veterinarian is a great fit for me because it combines my scientific background (I worked in a microbiology research laboratory for several years) with my love of working closely with both animals and people.”
His previous experience includes working at a mixed-animal practice in rural Maine. He has fond memories of his time spent on small farms and in households there. He states, “While it is unlikely that enormous, overzealous pigs will send me to the emergency room again, I do enjoy the challenge of working on difficult small animal cases.”
Along with a strong interest in dentistry and soft tissue surgery. He enjoyed traveling abroad to Honduras, where he spayed and neutered cats and dogs and performed horse castrations.
His goals are “to earn the trust of clients so that I can help provide excellent, compassionate healthcare for pets through all life stages. Since each animal and household is not the same, I believe that medical decisions should be guided by what is best for that specific pet. I enjoy helping clients make these sometimes difficult decisions and I look forward to forming lasting relationships with them and their pets.”
Dr. MacDearmid has a passion for all types of fishing, whether it be fly fishing, surf casting, or ice fishing (especially in Rangeley, Maine). He also enjoys playing soccer, carpentry, skiing, and hiking with his Pit Bull Terrier, named Brookie. He and his wife, Mollie, have two children at home to keep him busy when he is not at work.
Heather Berry, DVM
Dr. Berry grew up in Massachusetts and moved in New Hampshire after graduating from veterinary school. She is a graduate of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2001. She gained experience at clinics along the seacoast before settling in the Portsmouth area.
Dr. Berry has always loved science and animals, so it was a natural progression for her to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She has been a team member with Broadview Animal Hospital since fall of 2015. As a veterinarian, she strives “to stay progressive in a continuously changing field. One of her goals is “to foster and help expand our reproductive services department”. Her favorite aspect of practicing veterinary medicine is being able to use her knowledge to investigate cases, solve problems, and to work as a team. Dr. Berry has a special interest in diagnostic ultrasound, which is a skill utilized in theriogenology.
An accomplished artist, Dr. Berry is a member of the Pastel Society of New Hampshire and Seacoast Artist Association. Her painting of a Yorkshire Terrier puppy can be seen on the August 2015 cover of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. She paints portraits of pets, people and nature. In her spare time she enjoys being outside, running, and hiking. She shares her home with her husband, son, daughter, a rescue dog named Einstein, and cat named Ricky.
Cathy Gajewski, DVM
Dr. Gajewski grew up on her family’s horse farm in Norfolk, Massachusetts. She and her sisters always kept a menagerie of pets; including ponies, cats, dogs, guinea pigs, and ducks. Her father always said his girls should grow up to be veterinarians, so it wasn’t surprising when not one, but two of his daughters chose to practice veterinary medicine as adults.
Dr. Gajewski received her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell, where she played polo, and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. During her career at Tufts University, she was both founder and President of the Global Issues and Veterinary Education student group. She was also the proud recipient of the William Moulton Award for Global Issues in International Veterinary Medicine for her work with international aid agencies in Pakistan and Kenya.
Dr. Gajewski has experience near and far practicing veterinary medicine. She worked with livestock as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador and was a professor of small animal medicine and teaching clinician at the veterinary school in Monterrey, Mexico. After returning to the United States, she chose to focus on small animal medicine and worked at veterinary practices in both New Hampshire and Maine before joining the Broadview Animal Hospital team in June of 2009.
Dr. Gajewski was appointed by the Governor to the New Hampshire Board of Veterinary Medicine for a 5 year appointment from 2012 to 2017. This board serves a regulatory purpose, to help ensure the proper licensing of New Hampshire veterinarians and to protect the public against the unlawful practice of veterinary medicine. She has also been active in the New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association since 2007 and even served as President in 2010. She is currently a board member who provides mentorship to new veterinarians and states that she “truly enjoys working ‘behind the scenes’ in this fashion. I love having the opportunity to help deal with issues that affect both my profession and pet owners.”
Dr. Gajewski says that she enjoys practicing veterinary medicine because “I truly love developing a relationship with my clients. I enjoy seeing the puppies and kittens that I care for grow up over the years.”
She has particular interest in senior pet wellness and a variety of chronic illnesses that affect senior pets, such as arthritis, diabetes, thyroid hormone disease, and organ dysfunction. She loves working with owners to keep their senior pets as healthy and happy as possible. Her goal is to continue learning every day to be the best veterinarian she can be.
In her free time, Dr. Gajewski loves spending time with her two Gordon Setters named Piper and Juna, and her Scottish Terrier named Mazie. She has interest in both photography and travel but would really love to own a small goat farm some day. She also likes to participate in outdoor activities like golfing, snowshoeing, and downhill skiing with her husband and son. She is an avid music lover who counts Latin and Andean music to be amongst her favorites.
Franco Girouard, DVM
Born and brought up in New Brunswick, Canada, Dr. Franco Girouard was the youngest of six. Both his parents and three older brothers were all in the human medical field which influenced his decision to become a doctor. His love of animals however lead him to the veterinary side as he was always fascinated by biology of animals and medicine. He has always enjoyed the freedom of general medicine and the ability to treat all aspects of a patient from routine care to surgery.
Dr. Girouard attended undergraduate at Unversity’ de Moucton where he received a BSC in biology and a BA in psychology. From there he went on to St. Georges University of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada, West Indies for three years before finishing his medical rotations at Louisiana State University.
He currently has two domestic short hair cats Ti-gris and Jynxy. Dr. Girouard enjoys spending time with his wife, boating, snowmobiling, riding motorcycles and ATV’s. They also enjoy skiing, snow boarding, billards and traveling.
Daniel Kelleher, DVM
Dr. Daniel Kelleher grew up in Beverly Massachusetts as one of six children. His passion for animals stems from his childhood and first dog, “Slick”- a Belgian Shepherd. He attended the University of New Hampshire receiving his BS in Animal Science. He went on to obtain his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Michigan State University.
Since then he has joined the Reproductive Department and has completed training with Minitube of America (formerly MOFA), is PennHip certified and USDA accredited. Within reproduction, Dr. Kelleher is especially interested in male infertility. He takes satisfaction working with all breeds but specifically the protection breeds.
Besides reproductive medicine, Dr. Kelleher also enjoys dentistry, surgery and treating our exotic patients. He is Fear Free certified. Regardless of species, he continually aims to provide every patient with a comfortable stress-free visit.
Dr. Kelleher enjoys spending his spare time outdoors with his family including two dogs, two cats and six chickens. He is an avid fly fisherman, skier, and hiker.
Sara LePine, DVM
Born and raised in upstate New York, Dr. Sara Lepine grew up cleaning horse stalls for her riding lessons when she was 8 years old. As she grew older, she knew that she wanted a job that focused on animal care and the science of medicine. She continued to work at horse farms throughout high school and earned her undergraduate degree from SUNY Morrisville. A graduate of Cornell University, Dr. Lepine earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree while caring for Cornell’s mules and hinnies that were used for genetic and immunological research.
As a veterinarian, Dr. Lepine loves learning something new every day and strives to provide the best medicine for her patients. In the process of helping her patients and clients, she feels they help her grow as a doctor. She gravitates towards feline medicine, internal medicine, and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Lepine is excited to expand her skills in reproductive medicine.
Dr. Lepine preformed on the aerial silks for the first time last summer, which is a big accomplishment since she is afraid of heights! She has done performance belly dance and continues to learn new tricks on the aerial silks. She spends her free time trying new food, reading, gardening, going out dancing, and enjoys the performing arts.
She lives with her partner Derrick and has a household full of animals. They have an American Paint horse named Ellie, a cat named Reeses Pieces, a Pit Bull named Hazelnut, a German Shepherd named Sarge, and two chinchillas named Gordo and Pequeno.
Linda Luther, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Dr. Luther grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts and received her Bachelor of Science degree from The University of New Hampshire. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota and practiced in Wisconsin for five years before completing a residency in small animal internal medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She became board-certified in small animal internal medicine in 1996.
Dr. Luther joined the Broadview Animal Hospital team in March of 1997. Her favorite aspects of veterinary medicine are “solving problems and helping animals and people.” Dr. Luther’s goals are to always communicate clearly with her clients, and to continue to learn something new every day.
In addition to practicing at Broadview Animal Hospital, Dr. Luther is an internal medicine consultant for Antech Diagnostics. She also teaches ultrasound for Sound, a VCA company, at their education facility in Arlington, Texas.
Dr. Luther lives with her husband and best friend, Tom. They share their home with multiple aquarium fish and two African clawed frogs. Outside of veterinary medicine, she is passionate about physical activities like bicycling, yoga and weight training.
Mary McDowell, DVM
Dr. Mary McDowell has aspired to be a veterinarian since she was a small child. She grew up reading James Harriot’s “All Creatures Great and Small” with visions of becoming a large animal veterinarian.
She is from a military family and spent her childhood traveling all over the world including England and Iran. She went on to join the navy spending her eleven years of service in Hawaii, Guam and Japan.
Never losing her primary mission, she returned from the Navy and attended the University of New Hampshire for her undergraduate degree. She went on to complete her doctorate of veterinary medicine at the University of Minnesota followed by an internship in Saratoga Springs.
Upon graduation Dr. McDowell spent five years practicing mixed animal medicine. She appreciated the well-rounded experience this afforded her. She went on to practice emergency medicine before joining the Broadview/Milton Veterinary team in 2015. Dr. McDowell is a very experienced, compassionate, skilled addition to our team.
Dr. McDowell is passionate about all areas of veterinary medicine but especially enjoys the challenges of internal medicine, Urgent care and Emergency medicine. She is especially partial to golden retrievers.
Dr. McDowell shares her country New Hampshire home with her husband Chris, her cherished dogs; Jax, a golden retriever and Ella a Labrador retriever.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, world travel, hiking, camping, the ocean.
Michael Norris, VMD
Dr. Norris grew up in Rockland County, New York. By the age of fourteen, he had made up his mind about wanting to become a veterinarian. He states, “I was fortunate enough to be born into a family that loved pets. I have always enjoyed being around animals. There is a certain peace of mind that their presence brings.”
Dr. Norris received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He then received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University Of Pennsylvania. Dr. Norris practiced for five years in Westborough, Massachusetts before moving to New Hampshire. He became an owner of Broadview Animal Hospital in 1988. In 2018, Dr. Norris sold his ownership share to Dr. MacDearmid and now continues to work as an associate veterinarian with a strong focus on orthopedic surgery, pain control and reproductive services.
Dr. Norris enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but is especially intrigued by anesthesia and pain control, which is a continually evolving science. He was a member of the Zoetis ELITE speaker program for eleven years, and would often give lectures on perioperative pain management. Dr. Norris reports, “We are always looking for the perfect anesthetic and safer, more effective pain control. My involvement in the ELITE speaker program has helped me stay abreast in this field and share my enthusiasm with other practitioners.”
Dr. Norris also has special interest in reproduction and is a member of Broadview Animal Hospital’s reproduction team.
Dr. Norris is proud of his involvement in organized veterinary medicine. His goals are to enhance the delivery of veterinary care to the public and positively impact the veterinary profession. He was past president of both the New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association and the New England Veterinary Medical Association. He has also served on the New Hampshire Legislative Study Committee for Pet Overpopulation, been an alternate delegate for New Hampshire to the American Veterinary Medical Association, and a member of the Advisory Board for Great Bay Community College’s Veterinary Technician program. He is currently the treasurer and a trustee of the Veterinary Scholarship Trust of New England.
As you can see, Dr. Norris is a very busy man but he always reserves time for family. He and his wife, Sandy (whom he met in high school), have a son and two daughters. They own a yellow Labrador Retriever named Sadie, and two cats named Lilly and Nibbler.
Dr. Norris is passionate about fly fishing and was past president of the Hackle & Tackle Club (a local fly fishing group). He is also an avid fly tyer who enjoys tying flies for fresh and saltwater fishing. In addition to spending time in the diverse fisheries in New England, Dr. Norris has traveled to fish in the continental U.S. and abroad. His other hobbies include woodworking and home renovations.