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.
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.
Molly Parent, LVT
Molly is a licensed veterinary technician who graduated from SUNY Canton with a bachelors degree in Veterinary Technology. She has worked with small and large animals, exotic pets, and wildlife. In her free time Molly enjoys hiking and camping with her dog Chuck.
Marie Fachet, Vet Tech
Though new to Village Veterinary, Marie has been in the veterinary field for the past 28 years, first as a vet assistant and later as a vet tech. Marie has worked at practices in Maryland, New Mexico, and most recently North Carolina. The recent hurricanes in North Carolina prompted her move to Maine. Marie has a reputation as the crazy cat lady, having bottle fed over 400 kittens in the last 20 years, in addition to rescuing many adult cats. She has a Border Collie cross with Diabetes Insipidus who sparked her interest in holistic/homeopathic medicine. She enjoys the outdoors- hiking, wildlife watching, fishing, crabbing, as well as organic gardening and beach crafts. Marie is looking forward to getting to know the York community and attending York Street Baptist Church.
Nicole Carbone, Vet Tech
Nicole graduated from the Vet Tech program at Mount Ida College in 2012. She has two cats, Cilantro and Neptune, whom she spoils rotten. She also has a red eared slider named Fenris. In her spare time she volunteers at a horse rescue called Empowered Equines where she is learning positive reinforcement.
Toni Dobnikar, Veterinary Assistant
Toni has been with Village Vet since January 2018. She is a student at York County Community College pursuing a degree in Veterinary Technology. She enjoys riding her horse Pacman and walking her four dogs Milo, Cooper, Bear and Peanut.
Jenna Stragand, Veterinary Assistant
Jenna graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Biology and a concentration in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She has spent several years working in wildlife rehabilitation and exotic animal sanctuary work and is excited to start her journey into veterinary medicine through working at Village Veterinary. In her free time she loves to hike, camp, and cuddle with her cat, Grizzabella
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.