Dr. Julie Matthews, Hospital Director
Dr. Matthews opened Village Veterinary in 1996. She is a 1989 graduate of NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation Dr. Matthews was awarded a fellowship to Harvard School of Public Health where she studied retroviruses for one year. Since then she has devoted her energies to private practice, with special interest in internal medicine and alternative therapies.
Dr. Matthews is a certified veterinary acupuncturist, having successfully completed the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society's certification course in 1995. Dr Matthews is also trained in VOM (veterinary orthopedic manipulation) a specialized form of chiropractic manipulation for animals. Most recently, Dr. Matthews completed Dr. Richard Pitcairn's course in Animal Homeopathy and is a certified veterinary homeopath by the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy. Dr. Matthews has also completed the 4 year human program at the Baylight School of Homeopathy in Portland, Maine.
Dr. Matthews enjoys spending her free time with husband Neal and sons Jesse and Tyson boating, mountain biking and skiing.
Dr. Pamela Bluestone, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Bluestone joined Village Veterinary in August 2016, having relocated to York from Anchorage, Alaska, where she practiced companion animal medicine for the past 21 years. A native of New York, Dr. Bluestone obtained her undergraduate and veterinary degrees from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Her interest in alternative medicine caused her to pursue training in acupuncture. She completed the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society’s course in 2015. Dr. Bluestone’s interest in both traditional as well as alternative medicine enables her to provide the most comprehensive care to our animal companions and mirrors the philosophy prevalent at Village Veterinary.
Dr. Bluestone is the devoted mom of two young boys, Jeremy and Andrew, as well as her husky mix Josie. She enjoys the outdoors and is excited to be in York, with its proximity to the ocean, excellend schools and friendly community. She is thrilled to make York her permanent home!
Taylor Davis, LVT
Taylor is a licensed veterinary technician who obtained her degree in Veterinary Technology from Mount Ida College in June 2016. A “Downeaster”, Taylor moved to Kittery from Machiasport to join the Village Vet team. She enjoys spending time at the beach, cuddling her cat Zoe and travelling to new places.
Courtney Gwilt, Veterinary Assistant, Technician-in-Training
Courtney Gwilt is a technician in training, currently in her second year at York County Community College in the Veterinary Technology program. She expects to graduate in 2018. Courtney loves being outdoors. She has a tricolor Pomeranian named Penelope whom she adores. Her interests outside veterinary technology include eating, especially macaroni and cheese! She also enjoys hunting and fishing.
Neal Matthews, Hospital Administration and Reception
Neal frequently helps out in various capacities at Village Veterinary. The husband of Dr. Matthews for the past 35 years, Neal is well versed in the workings of a veterinary hospital. An engineer by trade with a BS in Agricultural Engineering from NCSU, Neal is self-employed, building golf courses and athletic fields. During the winter months Neal may be found at Village Veterinary assisting clients, maintaining the physical facility, or simply giving a man's point of view regarding the daily operations of the hospital.
Danielle Muscarello, LVT
Danielle has been in the veterinary field since 2006, and a licensed veterinary technician since 2009, when she graduated from St. Petersburg College with a degree in Veterinary Technology. Danielle joined the Village Vet team in 2015 after moving back to Maine from Florida. Danielle's pet kids are all rescues and include her mixed breed dog Fiona and her 2 cats Jem and Binx. Outside the hospital Danielle's interests include spending time with her family, cooking, and exploring new things.
Ashley Tice, Veterinary Assistant, Technician-in-Training
Ashley is a student at York County Community College pursuing a degree in Veterinary Technology. She lives in South Berwick with her family and their two Labradors. In her spare time Ashley likes to go hiking with her dogs, go on cruises, and travel up north to her camp where she enjoys four wheeling and boating.
WILLIE! Greeter and TV persona
Willie is Dr. Matthew's dog. Willie goes everywhere Dr. M goes. A Border Terrier, Willie was born March 7, 2007. Willie greets everyone who enters the front door at Village Veterinary. Willie is an empathetic dog, understanding when client's are sad and need an extra head to pet or more hair on their clothing. Willie is the star of the Village Veterinary series of TV commercials, of which there are currently four. The most popular commercial, the Willie surfing episode, can be found on this website.