Elisabeth Freson, DVM
Dr. Freson graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. She joined the BVH team in June 2008. Her hobbies and interests are Classical Ballet, travel, art, antiques, and gardening. She is fluent in French and has a feline friend at home named Sable Mable.
Gary Wheeler, DVM
Dr. Wheeler is a graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. He has owned the practice since 1989. He has a special interest in veterinary dentistry. Dr. Wheeler is a member of the International Veterinary Association for Pain Management (IVAPM), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS), and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
When Dr. Wheeler is not at work he enjoys playing on his computer, spending time with his spouse and two children, cooking and, of course, bonding with his 2 dogs and 5 cats.
Sarah Spindell, DVM
Dr. Spindell graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. She then received her D.V.M. from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Dr. Spindell grew up in Florida but spent every summer vacation here in the Lakes Region. Maine has always been her favorite place, and she’s very excited to set down roots here in Bridgton. Along with dogs and cats, Dr. Spindell will also be expanding our services to include pocket pets (rabbits, rats, hamsters, mice, and ferrets) and is interested in seeing exotics in the future. She also hopes to become involved in wildlife conservation and rehabilitation in the area.
Dr Spindell states, “For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a veterinarian. It is an absolute dream come true to join the staff of Bridgton Veterinary Hospital. B.V.H. is the best hospital I have worked with throughout the course of my studies. I couldn’t have asked for a more compassionate, dedicated and skilled team with which to begin my career.”
We welcome Dr. Spindell to our team and look forward to working with her.
PHOTO – Dr. Sarah Spindell working with baby alligators while earning her Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Degree at the University of Florida.
Judy joined the Bridgton Veterinary Hospital team in November, 2004. Her prior experience was in the field of human healthcare.
She is a member of a practice managers group, meeting with peers on a bimonthly basis. Judy enjoys outdoor activities, gardening, and reading. She lives in Bridgton with her husband John.
Dottie is a 2016 graduate from the Veterinary Technology Program at the University of Maine at Augusta. She is a newly licensed Veterinary Technician. Dottie enjoys being around animals of all kinds, and has had many different animals throughout her life, including horses, rabbits, and cats.
She lives with her husband and one cat, Roxie. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, being with family, watching movies and cuddling with her cat.
Laura has always had a passion for animals and she has always known
since childhood that she would work with them. She currently has two cats at home, Yoyo and Weasley.
She graduated from UMA in 2017 with an Associates Degree in Animal Technology. Shortly before graduation, Laura joined the BVH team in May of 2017.
Laura’s hobbies include; reading and anything that gets her outdoors like hiking and horseback riding, at a local riding stable.
Savannah is originally from Bethel and currently resides in the Oxford Hills Area with family. She has three cats at home named Hoppy, Boots and Kenai. She was first introduced to the BVH team during an internship while working on her degree. She graduated from the University of Maine in Augusta in May 2018 with an Associates Degree as a veterinary technician and started working with BVH shortly after in June.
She has always loved animals and knew she wanted to work with them as she got older. She loved her dog named Bear growing up, who was a Retriever/Chow mix. She remembers him swimming with her as child and running after her and jumping into the lake off the dock.
Erin started at BVH in May of 2005, she always had an interest in working with animals, but never pursued it. At least not until she moved to Maine from Connecticut and found an opportunity.
She started as one of the receptionists but as time went on she expanded her horizons by becoming a veterinary assistant working towards being a technician. Erin enjoys hiking with her husband and two children, 3 dogs, canoeing, other outdoor activities, and spending time with friends and family.
Helen started out in the kennel as a seasonal employee in 2012. She then came on board full-time as a veterinary assistant in 2016, following her graduation from the University of Maine with a BS in Animal Science. She is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technician program at Cedar Valley. She has 3 cats and 1 dog at home who all love to snuggle up on the couch with her and read.
Zara was a certified Nursing Assistant for four years. This year she decided to work more with animals. When Zara was younger she held various positions on her childhood farm in Massachusetts, her favorite was tending to animals.
Zara now has two dogs, two leopard geckos, and a Kitty Kat. Besides working at Bridgton Veterinary Hospital, Zara enjoys camping, traveling, landscaping, music, friends and family.
Melissa is from Seattle, Washington and moved to New England in 2009 and had earned her Associates Degree of Arts, Science and Biology at Highline College while still in WA. She has been working in the veterinary field for over 15 years.
During this time she has worked various positions from pet nurse also known as vet assistant, office manager and as a practice manager.
Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is working on the anesthesia team which she is currently part of as a vet assistant on our surgical team, here at BVH.
She has many hobbies which include knitting, visiting different beaches in new england and exploring the area. She loved soft ball as a child and played up until college. She enjoys all sports and going to games for both the Celtics and Bruins.
She keeps active at home with 3 kids from age 4 to 11 years old and many beloved fur babies including 2 dogs, 4 cats, 2 guinea pigs and reptiles, a chameleon and tortoise.
Veterinary Assistant and Community Outreach
Leah was destined for a career in the pet care industry. When she was a young teen, she became the local pet sitter. She came to work at BVH in early 2005 as a Kennel Attendant. She has a special interest in nutrition.
Leah started Meet the Breeds in 2011, an event that promotes breed research before purchasing or adopting a dog. At the event which occurs each spring, Leah collects food and money donations for Harvest Hills Animal Shelter. She has continued it annually and is always expanding and raising awareness of animal welfare organizations in our area. Showing her complete dedication to her four legged friends. Leah has 3 dogs, 3 horses and one cat.
Veterinary Assistant and Boarding Representative
Amber became a client of Bridgton Veterinary Hospital when she moved to Bridgton in January of 2013. She loved the care her pets received from the hospital and was overjoyed to get the opportunity to join the staff as a kennel attendant in October of 2013.
She lives with her husband, her son, four dogs, three cats, and flock of chickens. Besides her work in the kennel in the summer Amber helps run her family owned surf shop in Old Orchard Beach. She spends her free time painting, cooking, and reading.
Biada is from the Lake Region area and still currently resides in the area. She graduated from LRHS in 2009. She lives with her daughter Izzy who was born in May of 2012, her husband and 5 animals. Her animals include an adorable Chihuahua named Spanky and 4 cats named Hannaford, Franchesca, Rainbow Dash and Cookie who got their names from her daughter. She enjoys going to the movies. Her favorite movie of all time, are tied between Grease and Footloose. She also loves good food and enjoys going out to dinner.
She first started working at Bridgton Veterinary Hospital when she was 17 years old starting in kennels. In 2016, she started working full time and currently works in kennel and as a vet assistant.
Hometown: Bridgton, Maine
Pets: 3 Dogs; one Labradoodle, one Mini Poodle, and one Bichonpoo
Jody has recently join Bridgton Veterinary Hospital. She is a Certified Professional Groomer with 4 years experience.
Jody enjoys hiking, skiing, bass fishing and cycling. She is a drummer in a Portland based band “Rebound”
Customer Service Representatives
Nicki has been with BVH since its beginning. She has worked in several capacities over the years, but most clients recognize her as one of our receptionists. Nicki has a special interest in pet behavior and training and attends numerous classes and seminars in these fields.
She runs our Puppy Socialization & Training Classes and actively trains her own dog. Nicki is a member of Saccarappa Obedience Club and Dog Tracking Club of Maine. In addition to dog training, Nicki also enjoys gardening and photography. During her spare time, you might find her tending our perennial gardens.
I joined the BVH team in the spring of 2017 and I am from Bridgton and currently reside in the Oxford Hills Region. I live with my fiance, daughter and 3 animals including an indoor/free range rabbit named Bugzie and two dogs, Cali and Henry.
I have always had a love for animals and growing up, I was grateful to have many family pets including a range of small animals brought home by my sister. I also grew up living next to, two farms on a dead end road which introduced me to farm animals including a horse and pony, sheep and chickens.
My hobbies include; gardening, hiking and spending time with the family.
Pat’s love of animals and people prompted her to become a member of the staff at BVH in June of 2008. Previously, she had a career as a Professional Baker and Pastry Chef. She and her family (husband, 2 children, 2 cats, dog, and gecko) moved to Bridgton from Newport, RI.
Besides loving her job here at BVH and her family, she enjoys gardening, hiking, camping, cooking, and jigsaw puzzles.
Ginny is originally from the Biddeford area and moved to the Lake Region area back in 2012, to be with her current husband. They have been married since September of 2013 and together they have two children, a son who is preschool age and a baby girl.
Her first pet is a dog named Abby, who is a mini dachshund. Abby is still a member of Ginny’s family and is now part of a pack of three dogs and currently the boss of the household.
Ginny’s hobbies include enjoying the beach on summer days, reading fiction books and going to the movies with her family. Her favorite time of the year is Christmas. She loves to decorate the house inside and out with Christmas decor each year and enjoys going with her family to pick out a tree.
Ginny’s love for animals started at a young age. She grew up always having family dogs. As a child she felt drawn to animals and has been working with animals since 2007. Her first job with animals was at a dog care day in Portland. During that time, she fell in love with one of her frequent clients, a large mastiff weighing in at 180lbs named Inu. She knew that she wanted to continue to work with animals when she moved to the Lake Region Area and found a job working at another local animal hospital. Ginny joined the BVH team in the fall of 2017.