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.
Danielle Stone, 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.
Michele Reeves, Receptionist
Michele joined Village Veterinary in April 2019. Prior to that time, Michele worked in customer service both in private business as well as commercial aviation. Michele started her career as a flight attendant for Continental Airlines based out of Newark, New Jersey. In recent years she served as an International Travel Coordinator for JetEx USA, as well as Flight Coordinator for Reva Air Ambulance, Inc. Michele recently relocated to Eliot, Maine from Fort Lauderdale, Florida with her husband Andy. Michele’s years in customer service are evident in her dedication to client care as well as her empathetic approach to our clients and patients. Michele and Andy have a rescued Greyhound, Cooper, who is often seen at Village Veterinary lounging around the front office, as well as two cats, Frank and Scuba.
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.
Diane Lavigne, Veterinary Assistant
After raising her three children, Diane decided to follow her passion and help animals. She got certified as a veterinary assistant in 2011 from Animal Behavioral College. In 2018 Diane was certified Fear Free, successfully completing the 9 hour course. Diane has 3 grown children, Jessica, Rodney and Angela. She also has 6 grandchildren. She shares her home with her three dogs Rosco, Buddy and Ruby, as well as her two cats Peanut and Lily. In her free time Diane loves spending time with her family and pets, as well as watching movies and going out to eat.
A lifelong animal lover, Amanda has worked with animals in a variety of settings. After obtaining a degree in veterinary technology from Great Bay, Amanda became certified and has been a veterinary technician for 3 years. When not at work helping to save animals, she can be found spending time with her husband, 4 dogs, elderly horse and miniature donkey.
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.
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.