Lawrence Buggia, DVM, founded Annabessacook Veterinary Clinic in 1980 and is now a co-owner with Dr. Brown. Dr. Buggia has always had a compassion for a wide variety of animals and the people who take care of them. A native of Saginaw, MI, he graduated from Michigan State University in 1972 and has practiced veterinary medicine in Maine for 36 years. Dr. Buggia now practices primarily in the small animal clinic, but can also be found treating goats, pigs, and our equine patients. In his spare time, he can be found actively involved in the Monmouth Historical Society, helping to keep the Monmouth Museum in great shape. Dr. Buggia will readily give educational talks to schools and 4-H groups as well as give tours of our facility. His own animals include Maggie, the Jack Russel Terrier, a miniature horse named Topper, a stubborn miniature donkey named Gregory, and 2 chickens, Milly and Molly.
Karen Lipovsky, DVM, 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 has been relishing the beautiful region of central Maine. Outside of the clinic, Dr. Lipovsky can be found performing or watching a performance in Cumston Hall, kayaking, or jogging along the winding side roads with her husband, John. Her latest interest in triathlon (swimming, biking, and running all in one race) is keeping her honest. Her home is kept busy with her 2 dogs--Butternut the 14 year old 9 year old frisbee-catching swimming mutt, and Griffin the couch-lounging boxer-mastiff.
Shannon Bennett, DVM, CVFT, joined the Annabessacook team in 2015 after choosing veterinary medicine as a career at age 6. A native of South Carolina, she has practiced locally in central Maine for 8 years. Dr. Bennett practices integrative medicine, providing pet caregivers the choice of traditional internal medicine, dentistry and surgery as well as acupuncture, herbal and nutritional therapies. Dr. Bennett has recently become a Certified Veterinary Food Therapist through the Chi Institute. She can evaluate and balance your pet's home diet, which is often an overlooked but integral part of their health and well being. Dr. Bennett enjoys the beach, traveling, and spending time with her husband, two small children, two large cats, and two silly dogs at their home in Wayne.
Barbara Perkins, DVM, is excited to re-join the Annabessacook Veterinary Clinic team. Dr. Perkins has practiced farm animal and small animal medicine in Maine since graduating from Cornell University in 1983. She will be 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. Now that their children have been "launched" (her son, Walker, is a paratrooper in the army and her daughter, Emily, is in college), Dr. Perkins spends her free time caring for the animals at home. The Perkins have 2 dogs, 4 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!
Karina Omark, DVM, joined the ABC team in 2016. was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997, she moved to Maine and started practicing Veterinary Medicine. For many years she enjoyed the diverse challenges of a small animal clinician and the lifestyle that Maine had to offer. In 2011, Karina moved to The Netherlands with her family and enjoyed being a part of the Dutch culture and traveling extensively throughout Europe. After returning to the United States in 2016 she reconnected with her friends and colleagues at Annabessacook Veterinary Clinic and is happy to be a part of the team. When Karina is not practicing veterinary medicine, you will find her teaching yoga at various locations in Yarmouth and Portland as well as spending time with her family.
Karin Wilson, DVM, is glad to be rejoining Annabessacook after many years away, mostly working in Emergency Medicine. She moved to Maine from upstate New York after graduating from Cornell University in 1999. Her major interests are still acute care medicine and surgery, but she is very happy to be back to a mix with well pet care during daylight hours. On her days off she enjoys cooking, gardening, skiing, skating, ice-boating and hiking. She is currently helping her boyfriend rehabilitate their 33 foot steel sailboat