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Shawn Gearhart

Veterinary Technician

A native central Mass, Shawn got started in the veterinary field working for a breeder of English Bull Terriers and as a kennel attendant. She’s a graduate of University of Massachusetts-Amherst where she studied animal science and earned her CVT.

Shawn is very active in the rescue and fostering communities and is proud caretaker to several dogs, two cats, and a flock of backyard chickens.

In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering and watching her son play sports and participate in Boy Scouts. She also loves to garden, work with her chickens, and do agility training with her dogs.

Lauren Drainville

Veterinary Technician

Lauren came to us from Becker College’s veterinary technology program. She has always known that working with animals was her calling. At the age of 14, she began her career in the veterinary field at a doggy daycare. 
At home, she has two cats – Bella and Teddy – a horse named Ty, and her pride and joy, Austin, a Portuguese water dog and former service animal. In her free time, Lauren enjoys hiking with Austin, painting, and singing.

Elyse Gilmore


Elyse joined our team after having met Dr. Flessas at a coffee shop where she worked as a barista. A life-long animal lover, she enjoys pet sitting and spending time in horse barns whenever she can. 
Her furry family consists of two cats – Tavin and Rogue – and a cattle dog mix named Sloane. All three accompanied her on her recent cross-country move.
When she’s not working, Elyse can be found in the great outdoors, hiking and kayaking, usually with her dog. She also loves spending time with friends and family.

Emily Ethier, CVT

Lead Veterinary & Surgical Technician

Emily is a devoted animal lover who is compassionate about veterinary medicine and quality animal care. She has always had a strong connection with animals since she was young. Emily received an associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology in 2011 and has worked at various animal hospitals since then. She became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2014. In her free time she enjoys painting, baking, running, and spending time with her pets at home.

Courtney Polo

Practice Manager

Courtney is a compassionate and loving individual that has had an attachment to animals since she was young. Her entire life she grew up caring for her pets and giving them the extra love and care they deserve. As she got older, she knew that it was her calling to remain caring for animals and build a career in the Veterinary Medicine field. Courtney obtained an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from Becker College in 2011. She has continued her education and is enrolled in the Pre-Veterinary Concentration at Becker College and hopes to achieve her Bachelor’s Degree in the near future. While working full time and raising her son, she also is taking courses to succeed in becoming a Veterinary Practice Manager. Courtney‘s main interests in the Veterinary Medicine field are surgery and anesthesia as well as client education. On her time away from work she loves to spend quality time with her son and caring for her first child…her cat, Kahli.