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.
Pets: Two dogs, Mayzie and Bentley.
Ashley joined the staff of Bridgton Veterinary Hospital in June of 2014. Growing up, she worked closely with horses, most often riding and barrel racing. This passion for animals led to her education at an Agricultural High School in Connecticut and an Equine Management degree at the University of New Hampshire.
Ashley lives with her boyfriend and two dogs, Mayzie and Bentley, in their home in New Hampshire. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and being outdoors with them. Ashley is currently pursuing her degree in Veterinary Technology.
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.
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’s favorite aspect of her job is planning the hospitals community outreach programs. She started our “Pet Community Event” in 2009 and has continued it annually always expanding and raising awareness of animal welfare organizations in our area. Showing her complete dedication to her four legged friends, Leah has 1 dog and 3 horses and 1 cat at home!
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.
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.
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.