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Meet Our Team

In an effort to provide comprehensive veterinary care for many types of animals across Monmouth, ME, and the surrounding areas, at Annabessacook Veterinary Clinic we have two teams, one dedicated to large animals and the other caring for small animals. All of our staff members are highly experienced and committed to providing animals with the loving, compassionate care they deserve!
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Large Animal Vets

Charmaine "Charlie" Brown, DVM

Charmaine “Charlie” Brown, DVM, owner of Annabessacook Veterinary Clinic, is originally from Nebraska. Dr. Brown graduated from Iowa State School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. She joined Annabessacook shortly thereafter, becoming a partner and developing the practice into what it is today. She is an accomplished equine and small animal surgeon who is also focused on the latest in modern equine medicine. Dr. Brown also owns KDM Farm, an equine reproduction facility. Aside from Maine, she is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Florida and Nebraska. When Dr. Brown is away from the clinic, she enjoys riding her horses or scuba diving in the warm waters of the sunny tropics.

Karilyn Bonney, VMD

Karilyn Bonney, VMD joined the equine team in September of 2011. She is originally from Wayne, Maine and has been enjoying practicing veterinary medicine in her home state since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary medicine. Karilyn’s focus is in equine medicine with a concentration on dentistry and ultrasound. She shares her spare time with her husband, Jim, and daughter, Marlee. She enjoys horseback riding and being outdoors.

Dr. Libby Helmer MS, DVM

Dr. Libby Helmer is one of our large animal doctors specializing in horses. She is originally from Colorado where she grew up in the heart of the mountains. She enjoys all things outdoors including skiing, trail running, trail riding and mountain biking. She grew up riding quarter horses and team roping but has always been fascinated with equine athletes of every discipline. She began her career working in animal reproduction and research after receiving her Masters in biomedical sciences from Colorado State University. During her masters program she met her now husband Dr. Caleb Brown. She then went on to obtain her DVM from CSU Veterinary school with awards in equine sports medicine and rehabilitation. Post doctorate she pursued advanced training in equine internal medicine and surgery at Montana Equine Associates. Her professional interests include equine sports medicine, lameness and surgery. She lives here in Monmouth with her husband, 2 beautiful horses, 2 goofy dogs and 1 orange cat. Her favorite thing about Maine is the beautiful lakes and the amazing sense of community.

Kelsey Hilton, VMD

Kelsey is a Maine native who grew up on a small farm in Starks where her family raised Hereford cattle, sheep, and horses. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 and practiced in central Maine before joining Annabessacook in 2015. She has broad interests, from dairy production work, ruminant reproduction, and camelid and small ruminant husbandry to equine husbandry and internal medicine. On her family farm, she raises a few ‘mostly ornamental’ highland cattle, sells hay, and manages forestland. When she has time, she enjoys competitive skijoring with her APHA mare “Gracie”, hacking and jumping her warmblood mare “Koko”, and exploring the outdoors with her partner Justin.

Rita Neat, DVM

Dr. Neat is a graduate of Iowa State’s College of Veterinary Medicine where she obtained her DVM as well as her Master’s Degree in Preventive Veterinary Medicine with an emphasis in swine. When she joined Annabessacook Veterinary Clinic, she fulfilled her dream of joining the rest of the Neat family in the magical state of Maine. Her primary species interest is in ruminant medicine/surgery, but her passion is applying evidence based medicine to benefit all creatures great and small. Her absolute favorite part of veterinary medicine is resolving a difficult dystocia with healthy babies on the ground, especially when the weather is terrible. When she is not in the clinic, she likes to forage for mushrooms and other edible plants, read library books, and climb to the top of mountains.
Dr. Caleb Brown MS, DVM

Dr. Caleb Brown is one of the large animal veterinarians focusing mostly on horses. He grew up right here in Monmouth and is the oldest son of Dr. Charmaine Brown.  Having been raised at this practice, he knew from an early age he was meant to be a veterinarian. He moved out west to attend Colorado State University where he first obtained his Masters in Assisted Reproduction before continuing with his Doctorate at CSU’s Veterinary School. During his time in CO he was lucky enough to meet his now wife Dr. Libby Helmer. In the spring breeding season he specializes in equine reproduction based out of KDM farm. The rest of the year he enjoys seeing a diverse spectrum of cases, particularly dental cases and preventative medicine. In his spare time, he enjoys snowboarding, snowmobiling, riding horses and working in the garage.  He lives with his wife and currently has 2 quarter horses, 2 dogs and reluctantly, a cat.  He loves being back in Maine and considers it an honor to carry on the family business!

Large Animal Staff

Kristie Hutchinson, Receptionist/Licensed Veterinary Technician

Kristie is a veteran at Annabessacook Veterinary Clinic, with experience in various positions in her tenure here at the clinic with her special touch in phlebotomy. She started as the sole Licensed Veterinary Technician for the three-doctor practice in 1990, and as the practice grew and developed into two distinct departments for Small Animal and Farm Animal clientele, she became the Large Animal Office Manager. She grew up riding horses through high school and competed briefly in the SUNY college circuit. Kristie has grown up with cats at her side throughout her childhood, but over the years she has turned to Dog Agility as a family sport with their Border Collies, Sofee, Apollo, and Midge. Kristie also opened a home-based business in 2002, “K’s Custom Embroidery” in Readfield, which specializes in unique and personalized embroidered garments and gifts. She also established a dog agility club in 2010 and enjoys playing with her dogs and her agility family, Agility Central of Maine. Kristie enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Mark, and their family snowshoeing, 4-wheeling, camping, gardening and kayaking, and in the quieter moments scrapbooking their family adventures.

Marissa Castonguay, Veterinary Assistant/Technician

Marissa began working with us as a large animal technician in 2013 after graduating from UMA Bangor. She enjoys working with all animals but has a special interest in horses. In her spare time, she loves spending time outside and being with family and friends. She and her husband Derek have a small farm with a wide variety of animals. From a hedgehog, to several horses and many others in between, they are always improving upon and enjoying their backyard farm.

Mel Merchant, Receptionist

Mel came back to ABC as a receptionist in September 2016. She was a large animal technician from 2004-2013. Mel lives in New Sharon and spends all of her time away from work traveling the eastern half of the US barrel racing her two mares Pooh and Belle, with her faithful German Shorthaired Pointer Remington (Remi) in tow! Competing in IBRA National Finals in Cloverdale Indiana, and NBHA World Finals in Perry Georgia-the sky is the limit! There are also two youngsters joining the party…Steele a yearling, and Lilly a weanling. In late fall Mel also enjoys hunting and during the winter Mel and Belle compete in Skijoring.

Felicia "Boo" Whitten, Veterinary Assistant/Technician

Boo joined our equine team in February of 2012. Boo is a native of Winthrop and has spent 11 years in the Army reserves. She also had two bachelor’s degrees. She currently works at R.T. Farms in her spare time. In her even sparer time, she enjoys hunting, boating, deep sea fishing, and riding her motorcycle. Boo shares her life with an adorable puppy named Chunk who befriends everybody; two kitties, Audie and Murphy; two bunnies, Cadbury and Fluffernutter; two chinchillas, RK and Ruby; and three horses, Tude, Rayne, and Sheba.

Beth Drouin, Veterinary Assistant/Technician

Beth is a native of Monmouth and studied at the University of Southern Maine. She has been a major part of our equine team since 1998. At the clinic, you can find her running lab work and assisting the surgical team and any number of medical treatments. Beth lives with her husband, Chad, and their two children, Trent and Addison. They have a dog named Baylee, two guinea pigs (Ellie and Ruby), and a miniature horse named Charlie. Beth and her family are very busy with sports. Their son Trent plays baseball and basketball. Addie enjoys the animals, basketball, and softball. In her spare time, Beth enjoys riding, spending time with her family, and traveling (especially on when Chad plans the trips).

Kayla McKay, Veterinary Technician

Kayla is a Maine native that has spent the past 14 years in Florida pursuing her love for Dressage. While in Florida she attended Stetson University, became a Grand Prix Dressage rider and trainer, and managed a large dressage barn. She has recently returned to Maine to spend more time with her family and get a much-needed break from the heat. She joined the team at Annabessacook in Jan 2021 and has enjoyed working with everyone. Outside of work Kayla spends her time training her mare Rapunzel and hanging out with her dog Lucy. 

Small Animal Vets

Karen Lipovsky, DVM

Karen joined the Annabessacook Veterinary Clinic family in the summer of 2007 and has been focusing on small animal surgery, dentistry, and ultrasonic imaging. Exotic animals, such as rabbits, ferrets, and pocket pets, are a group of animals she also enjoys working with. She is a 2006 graduate of Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and grew up in Maryland, but she has been relishing the beautiful region of central Maine. Outside of the clinic, Dr. Lipovsky can be found performing in or watching a performance in Cumston Hall, or singing with the Maine music Society in Lewiston, kayaking, or jogging along the winding side roads with her husband, John. Her home is kept busy with her 16.5-year-old dog, Butternut, who doesn’t know she’s old enough to drive!

Barbara Perkins, DVM

Dr. Perkins has practiced farm animal and small animal medicine in Maine since graduating from Cornell University in 1983. She is focusing on dogs and cats at our clinic, providing a range of services from routine wellness exams, scheduled surgeries, and internal medicine work-ups to specialized surgeries such as tumor, anal sac, and thyroid gland removals as well as gastrointestinal tract surgery. Dr. Perkins and her husband live on a small farm in Leeds. They have two children, Walker and Emily. Dr. Perkins spends her free time caring for the animals at home including two dogs, four cats, a small flock of sheep, a small herd of beef cattle, laying hens, and broilers. Dr. Perkins also enjoys gardening, hiking, kayaking, cross-country skiing, and ski-joring. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm in keeping your four-legged best friends healthy!

Rita Neat, DVM

Dr. Neat is a graduate of Iowa State’s College of Veterinary Medicine where she obtained her DVM as well as her Master’s Degree in Preventive Veterinary Medicine with an emphasis in swine. When she joined Annabessacook Veterinary Clinic, she fulfilled her dream of joining the rest of the Neat family in the magical state of Maine. Her primary species interest is in ruminant medicine/surgery, but her passion is applying evidence based medicine to benefit all creatures great and small. Her absolute favorite part of veterinary medicine is resolving a difficult dystocia with healthy babies on the ground, especially when the weather is terrible. When she is not in the clinic, she likes to forage for mushrooms and other edible plants, read library books, and climb to the top of mountains.

Small Animal Staff

Heather Urquhart, Receptionist

Heather is our Inventory Manager and she is also a Receptionist. Heather communicates with our product vendors to provide savings for the clinic and subsequently for our clients. Heather makes special orders of products not in stock at the clinic for our clients, and she addresses concerns and questions between our clients and our doctors. She has four pets: Dominick, a terrier/poodle cross; Shakes, a shiba inu; Purrsephonie, a bengal; and Beans, a tuxedo cat.

Sarah Pettengill, Practice Manager

Sarah lives in Winthrop with my 2 dogs (Hank & Gauge), 3 cats (Arthur, Napoleon & Bernard), a turtle and a bunch of fish. She started at Annabessacook in 2014 as a receptionist before leaving in 2018 for a few years to work as a trial assistant for the District Attorney’s office. She returned in Dec 2021 as practice manager. She has 3 degrees, one in small business management, one in equine massage therapy & one in justice studies. She also works part time for her parent’s business, Walston Woodcrafts, where she screenprints whirligigs. She is also the owner of Pin High Disc Golf course in Monmouth. In her spare time, She plays disc golf, spends time with her pony Star, and bird hunts with her family.

Mindy Wood, Receptionist - Monmouth, ME

Mindy Perry, Veterinary Technician

Mindy joined Annabessacook’s team of receptionists in 2019. She has spent the last 18 years working as both a small animal and large animal technician. Having this experience proves to be invaluable as the person clients see first and last on a daily basis. Mindy spends her free time with her two black labs, Remington and Ruger. In her spare time, Mindy enjoys horseback riding, camping, and being outside.

Naomi Caswell, Receptionist

Naomi joined the receptionist team in February 2019. She lives in Gardiner with her husband; three dogs, Sammy, Charlie and Mandy; and three cats, Emma, Maggie and Willow. In her spare time, she loves to bake and knit. She also enjoys Sunday hikes with her father, his dog, and her dogs.
Patti Pratte, Animal Assistant - Monmouth, ME

Patricia Pratte, Animal Assistant

Patty owned a farm for 20 years, working with horses, cows, pigs, sheep, ducks, chickens, and geese. She attended Gorham College and U. of Maine, then became a substitute and assistant teacher for eight years. She was also a stay-at-home-mom and an interior and exterior painter. Patty even owned and operated Genesis Gym and Fitness Center for eight years. Outside of her diverse work background, she enjoys gardening, antiquing, reading, playing with her dog, and spending time with her children and granddaughter. As her previous work shows, she loves animals of all sorts. Her tradition of having animals continues, with several cats and large dogs, Brinkley the Great Pyrenees and Wolfrik the Hovawart (also a big dog!).

Larissa Michaud, Veterinary Technician

Larissa joined our team in 2021. She grew up in Leeds and now resides in Greene with her two sons, dog, 2 cats and 2 Guinea pigs. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, going to the beach and creating memories with her children.

Molly Meader, LVT - Monmouth, ME

Micah Meader, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Micah graduated from the UCB vet tech program in 2007. His career started in Alaska, where he worked for five years. He moved back to Maine in the summer of 2011. He worked at the Animal Emergency Clinic in Lewiston before joining us in 2017. Micah’s large fur family consists of two wonderful dogs and six sweet cats, all of which keeps him quite busy and entertained. He often says he couldn’t imagine working anywhere else!

Ashley Emery, Veterinary Technician

Ashley is currently a senior at St. Joseph’s College where she is majoring in medical biology/pre-vet. She also plays collegiate soccer and softball while working on her degree. She will be applying to Vet schools in the fall to start the journey towards her dream career. She started working at Annabessacook Vet Clinic this summer and has enjoyed getting to know her co-workers and the people around the area! In her down time, she likes to fish, golf, hike and hang out with family, friends and her two dogs Harley and piper.

Shelby Fraser, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Shelby started working at Annabessacook Veterinary in May 2014. She is a graduate of The University of Maine in Bangor Veterinary technician program. As a Licensed Veterinary Technician, she brings a sense of humor as well as calm to all the situations and animals she encounters. She spends her free time with her husband and two children. Shelby is the proud owner of Groot the Brute, a very special white boxer, and her cat, Missy.

Shannon Beaule, Receptionist

Hi! My name is Shannon. I started working at Annabessacook Veterinary Clinic in September 2021 after making a difficult decision to leave the Healthcare field after 10 years. I have always been passionate about taking care of others so transitioning to pet care has been a really wonderful change for me! I am the wife of a Marine named Evan and together we have three wonderful boys; Brady, Owen and Levi. We all love to hunt, fish and go to The Forks or Moosehead Lake region as often as possible! When I am not at work or up North you can most likely find me on the sidelines at our boys football and baseball games, probably cheering the loudest. We have two labrador retrievers named Bitsy and Finn. They are brother and sister. We also have two cats named Phil and Lil who are also brother and sister. It’s quite the crew!

Charity Cram, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Charity has worked with us in the past but took a job at the Small Animal Emergency Clinic in Lewiston for a few years before rejoining our veterinary technician team in 2015! Charity has a variety of pets from cows and horses, to dogs and cats, to chickens and goats. Charity went to the University of NH for college. Charity enjoys riding her horses with her three children, and her husband Chris is very supportive of their habit!

Renee Turcotte, Veterinary Technician

Renee started as a vet tech in Alaska and her family led her back to Maine, where she grew up. She and her boyfriend have a blended family with 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls. As well as 4 dogs, 2 horses, a cat and a bunny. She enjoys being outdoors with her family, going kayaking, fishing, hiking, and riding their horses or motorcycle.

Trina Burgess, Veterinary Technician

Trina started her adventure as a veterinarian technician in 1999 at Winthrop Veterinary Hospital. Along the way she has worked at the Animal Emergency Clinic of Mid-Maine for over 10 years. Annabessacook Veterinary Clinic has always been Trina’s go to clinic when her four legged partners needed care which is a big reason she decided to join the ABC family! You can often find her in the barn with the three family horses, Lakota, Spartan, and KC. If she is not in the barn she is on an adventure with the three family dogs, Scout, Neko, and Lou! Trina often has her husband, Mark by her side along with her two daughters, Emily and Morgan. She enjoys spending her days with her grandkids teaching them how to work around the barn and taking them on crazy adventures! If you can’t find her doing any of the activities listed above, you’ll find her camping near a beach, on a trail with a horse, or on top of a mountain!

Jessica Watts, Receptionist

Jessica was born and raised in Commerce, GA and moved to Maine in the summer of 2017. She currently lives in Livermore Falls with her fiance; Ryan, dog; Belle, and seven ferrets; Phillip, Lily, Salt, Pepper, Porthos, Titan, and Tiberius. In her free time Jess enjoys spending time with her family and going on walks (when it’s not -0)

Kristin Warner, Receptionist

Kristin was born and raised in Maine. She joined the Annabesacook Veterinary team in 2021 and has a great passion for all animals. She’s a wife and mother of 2 children. Her fur babies include a Goldendoodle- Teddy, 2 French Bulldogs- Lexi and Ace, and a cat- Milo. Kristin enjoys being with her husband and kids, going on adventures, boating, gardening, and vacationing in warm weather.

Our team looks forward to working with you and promoting happy, healthy lives for your animals. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!
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