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.
Dr. Christopher Lee, DVM
Dr. Lee is the founder of Eliot Veterinary Hospital. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1981 where he earned his bachelor of science degree in Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. After pursuing a master of science degree at the University of New Hampshire, Dr. Lee received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota in 1987. He also completed an internship in emergency medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Following graduation from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Lee owned and operated the South Berwick Veterinary Hospital for 20 years where he practiced small animal medicine and surgery with special interests in dermatology, ophthalmology, soft tissue surgery and orthopedics.
Outside of the hospital Dr. Lee lives in South Berwick, Maine with his wife of 34 years. He enjoys cooking, gardening, spending time with his family, hiking, and physical training.
He is especially enamored with his grandchildren and his dog, Boston. Dr. Lee is also an avid fan of all New England sports and he loves spending time at the lake, water sports, the beach, and he occasionally gets out on the golf course. Dr. Lee is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the 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.
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.
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.
Mariellen Carpenter, Client Care Specialist
Mariellen graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in Business and Economics. Following a 20-year career as the assistant director of the Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire, Mariellen was the practice manager at the South Berwick Veterinary Hospital for 5 years. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Eliot Veterinary Hospital and is always available to answer questions and assist our clients and patients in any way that she can.
When not at the hospital, Mariellen lives in South Berwick with her husband and dog. She enjoys gardening, reading, skiing, the lake and beach, all New England sports and enjoys spending time with her two grandchildren.
Baxter and Boston, Staff Morale Support