The Staff at Eliot Veterinary Hospital
Dr. Shannon Emmons, DVM and Owner
While growing up in South Berwick, Maine Dr. Emmons knew at a young age that she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. As a Marshwood student she worked as a veterinary assistant for Dr. Lee at South Berwick Veterinary Hospital. Following graduation from high school she went on to attend the University of Vermont and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary concentration. Dr. Emmons then continued her academic pursuits at Atlantic Veterinary College graduating in May of 2017 with a Doctorate of Veterinary medicine. Her primary areas of interest while in veterinary school were nutrition, animal behavior, dentistry and veterinary pathology. Dr. Emmons bought the practice from Dr. Lee in June of 2019 and has been very excited working with the community as a small business owner.
She currently lives in Lebanon with her husband, dogs, cats, reptiles and horse. While not at work she enjoys hiking with her dogs, skiing, gardening, knitting and reading. Dr. Emmons is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Maine Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Information Network.
Jeff Hammersmith, Practice Manager
Jeff was elated to join the EVH family as the practice manager in July of 2019. As the practice manager he makes sure the day to day operations of the clinic run smoothly and handles whatever problems may arise. He applied for the position of professional puppy snuggler, but this was the closest he could get. He graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS in biology in 2013 and from Southern Maine Community College with a degree in Paramedicine in 2019. When not at EVH he works as a paramedic in the area or enjoys his time off hiking with his dogs, or taking care of projects around the farm.
Dr. Jana Thomas, DVM
Dr. Thomas graduated in 2013 from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to her DVM, she obtained a Master’s degree in biomedical sciences, researching pain management in red-tailed hawks. She loves all things fuzzy, feathered, and scaly, including both pets and wildlife, and is pursuing specialty certification (DABVP) in exotic companion mammals. She has been working at Eliot Veterinary Hospital since 2020, and formally joined the staff in 2021, after practicing in New Hampshire and Massachusetts since graduation. She lives with her husband, daughter, dog, cat and chickens right here in Eliot. In her spare time, she is looking for the perfect pair of bonded bunnies to join the household, and likes to knit, weave, sew, garden, hike, and read really silly books.
Stephanie Alameda, LVT
Stephanie has been with Eliot Veterinary Hospital since its inception in 2013. She has over a decade of extensive experience in veterinary medicine. She graduated in 2007 from the University of New Hampshire with a BS in Zoology and became a licensed Veterinary Nurse in 2011. Stephanie knew from a young age she wanted to work with animals in some capacity, but fell in love with the veterinary field while attending college.
When she is not at work, you can find her busy at home with her daughter, Lydia. She is an ocean lover and prefers to be out on the boat with her boyfriend, Brad. They share their home with 3 fur babies, Brandi, Logan and Mango.
Ali Deneault, LVT
Ali joined the staff of Eliot Veterinary Hospital in January of 2015. At a young age she had an infinite love for animals of all shapes and sizes and decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Ali exhibits great enthusiasm in her profession and sincere care for the patients and clients of Eliot Veterinary Hospital. Her fun loving and comical personality are sure to keep you on your toes and put a smile on your face. Ali’s professional interests include dentistry, client education and squeezing/popping whatever she can get her hands on.
In Ali’s free time she enjoys reading horror novels, spending time with friends as well as her boyfriend, Kyle, and caring for her indoor plants. Ali loves spending time on the beach in the summer with a fruity drink and an umbrella in her hand.
If you're not sure who that is, she's the one with the shaved head!
Ali has two cats at home, Luna and Chewy and hopes to expand on her fur family in the future.
Maddie Hartnett, LVT
Maddie was welcomed to our team after completing an internship with us in the Spring of 2017.
She graduated from the University of New Hampshire Thompson School of Applied Sciences in May 2017 with degrees in Veterinary Technology and Small Animal Care. She soon after passed her National Veterinary Technician Exam and is now a Licensed Veterinary Nurse.
Maddie has loved animals ever since she was a child and always knew she would one day be a part of the veterinary profession. She is very dedicated to her career and could not see herself doing anything different. Maddie shows compassion and care for the patients and their owners. She is always sure to bring a fun and positive attitude to our team.
She currently lives in Rye, New Hampshire with her family and her 15 year old sweet angel demon baby Yorkie named Winston. When she is not at work, she enjoys going to the beach, trying new restaurants and spending time with friends, family and her boyfriend Nick.
Jess White, VA soon to be LVT
Jess joined the team after completing an internship with us in the Spring of 2021. She graduated from Great Bay Community College’s Vet Tech program and is working toward gaining her license as a veterinary technician.
When not snuggling with every cat that comes through the door, Jess enjoys participating in surgical procedures and dentistry, as well as building rapport with our clients and patients.
In her free time, she can be found reading a good book, hiking with friends, and spending time with her family. She currently resides in Milton, NH with her wonderful cat Ciabatta (Chibi cheeks!)
Sarah, Hulen, VA
Sarah joined the staff as a Veterinary Assistant in November 2017. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire Thompson School of Applied Sciences in May of 2015 with a focus in Small Animals, and is currently attending Penn Foster working towards getting her license. Sarah always knew at a young age that she wanted to work in veterinary medicine.
Sarah currently lives in Dover with her two cats, Nala and Simba. When she's not at work, she enjoys going to the lake, reading a good book, camping and working out.
Lauryn Austin, VA
Lauryn joined our team in September 2020 as a Veterinary Assistant. She was raised up north in
Prince Edward Island, Canada, but moved to New England permanently in 2017. Animals have
always been her passion so after working for over three years in an office setting, she has
decided to go back to school at Great Bay Community College to pursue a career in veterinary
medicine. She is already learning so much at Eliot Vet and it is creating much excitement for
school and a future career in animal care. Better late than never, eh!
On her free time, you can find Lauryn mountain biking, camping, or guiltlessly lounging on the
couch enjoying a true crime documentary. She currently lives in Epping, NH with her boyfriend
Byron who is always up for an adventure!
Lauryn has a wonderful Anatolian Shepherd named Pauka, and she loves visiting her parent’s Great Dane, Nola, and Corgi, Zuzu. She plans to have many fur babies in the future and maybe some stinky farm animals too.
Baxter and Boston, Staff Morale Support