The Can-Am Crown Veterinary Staff for 2019


Nick Pesut, VMD Nick
Pesut
VMD
  Dr. Nick Pesut graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. He has practiced at the Presque Isle Animal Hospital in Presque Isle, Maine since 1984, and he and his wife Andrea have owned the practice since 1991. Nick has worked at every Can-Am Crown as a trail vet, and this will be his fifteenth year as chief veterinarian. He has also worked the Eagle Lake 100 since its inception. Nick's greatest enjoyment at these sled dog races has been meeting and working with some wonderful people from the volunteers to the mushers and the veterinary staff. Nick is a member of the AVMA, and MVMA. Veterinary medicine has been a great profession for Nick, and the Can-Am Crown races have been among his most enjoyable veterinary experiences.
Cindy Fuhs, DVM Cindy
Fuhs
DVM
  Dr. Cindy Fuhs graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003, and has owned and run Still River Veterinary Services since that time. Cindy sees her equine, bovine, small ruminant and camelid patients on an ambulatory basis, and also provides wellness services to her clients with dogs and cats on the farm. Cindy began volunteering for the Can-Am Crown races in 2002 and 2003 while still a veterinary student, and has since served as a Can-Am Trail Veterinarian for many years. Cindy has a keen interest in endurance sports and in Alaskan Malamutes, is an avid bicyclist and sailor and loves just about anything that involves being outside. What she finds most enjoyable about the Can-Am are the people associated with this special event and the incredible athleticism of the dogs. Cindy is a member of the AVMA, AAEP, AASRP, the ISDVMA, and is also currently serving as President-Elect for the Massachusetts VMA. She resides year-round in Bolton, MA with her family (both two- and four-footed).
Melanie
Donofro
DVM
  
Jennifer Mirecki, DVM Jennifer
Mirecki
DVM
  Dr. Jennifer Mirecki grew up in southern Maine and promptly came back to Maine after spending 4 years in the Midwest earning her veterinary degree from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Dr. Mirecki has worked in both mixed animal general practice and emergency practice in central and coastal Maine. She attended her first CanAm race in 2017 as part of the veterinary team and became fascinated with the world of sled dog racing. She plans to continue serving on the veterinary team annually. Dr. Mirecki is a member of the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association (ISDVMA), Maine Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS), and the American Veterinary Association (AVMA).
The huge dog in the photo is a 170 pound English Mastiff.
Sheila Morrissey, DVM Sheila
Morrissey
DVM
  "A New Englander, I transplanted to Minnesota (my second "home") after high school and attended the University of Minnesota, receiving my DVM degree in 1983. In vet school I adopted my first Siberian (having grown up with an Alaskan Malamute) and thus began my love affair with the breed and my introduction into dog sledding and canine sports in general. I dog sled with our dogs as recreation, and when the snow's not flying we also backpack with them as well as show in obedience and conformation. I have a small animal practice in Greenfield, MA and share my home with my husband and two sons as well as our dogs and cats. Our Siberians (home bred under the Northern Lights name) have won numerous awards in obedience and rally over the years. I am a member of the American Canine Sport Medicine Assoc., the ISDVMA as well as being the genetics chairman for the Siberian Husky Club of America (SHCA) and also the eastern representative for the SHCA's Working Pack Dog Program. Our family is very outdoor oriented enjoying skiing, kayaking, hiking, biking as well as dogsledding. I "cut my teeth" as a trail vet at the Great Trails Races, was chief vet for the Sandwich Notch Sled Dog Races for several years, and trail vet for the Beargrease once and the Can Am Crown for many years."
Blakely
Murrell-Liland
DVM
  
Julia
Simons
DVM
  
Sarah Sweet, DVM Sarah
Sweet
DVM
  Dr. Sarah Sweet is a 2004 graduate of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Sarah worked in the financial industry for 12 years before pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian. Following graduation, she worked in small animal general and emergency practice for 12 years in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. Sarah joined Merck Animal Health in 2015 as the Senior Professional Services Veterinarian for New England and is now Rapid Assay Medical Affairs Manager for IDEXX Labs. She has served on the boards of both the Massachusetts and Maine VMAs, and is past president of the Maine VMA, as well as being named Maine’s Emerging Leader in 2011. Though “from away,” Sarah and her husband Jeff have made Maine their home since 2005 and plan to never leave. They are avid Sugarloafers and enjoy their cabin in the western mountains year ‘round. They (mostly) enjoy the antics of their two yellow labs, Wendy and Wallace, as well as their 3 cats, and Sarah’s leased Warmblood gelding, Steinway.
Andrea Pesut, VMD Andrea
Pesut
VMD
  Dr. Andrea Pesut is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Pesut served as a veterinarian in the US Army Veterinary Corps for three years, then began general practice at the Presque Isle Animal Hospital. She and her husband became co-owners of the Hospital in 1991. Dr. Pesut is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Maine Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association. Her professional interests include medicine, ophthalmology, dentistry, and ultrasound.
Katie Monick, DVM Katie
Monick
DVM
  Dr. Katie Monick graduated from The University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. She then journeyed to Aurora, Illinois to complete an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at VCA Aurora. Since the completion of her internship, Dr. Monick has worked as an Emergency Veterinarian at MedVet Medical and Cancer Center for Pets in Chicago. When she's not working, you can find her running along the shores of Lake Michigan with her two dogs, Bogart and Oliver. Dr. Monick participated in her first Can-Am Crown race in 2017 as a veterinary student and fell in love with the sport, the community, the town of Fort Kent, and of course the dogs! She's elated to have the opportunity to return as a Trail Veterinarian this year!
Julia Simons
DVM
  
Laurie Dunbar, DVM Laurie
Dunbar
DVM
  Dr Laurie Dunbar is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College, and currently practices in Montreal, where she is a part owner of the Pierrefonds Animal Hospital. A rehabilitation practitioner, she has a particular interest in identifying and treating mobility and pain issues in sporting dogs. She has always had a love for the north and is passionate about sled dogs and sled dog races. She is a member of the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association (ISDVMA) and very excited to be participating in the Can-Am Crown as a trail vet for the first time.
Carine Bourrellis
DVM
  
Annie Tareila
DVM
  
Chelsea McMekin
DVM
  Dr. Chelsea McMekin earned her undergraduate degree at Berry College in Georgia, her home state, and attended veterinary school at Mississippi State University. Having just moved to Maine, Dr. McMekin is very excited to have the opportunity to live in such a beautiful part of the country (and experience true winter!). Her menagerie of rescue animals, including; hermit crabs, 2 bunnies, 2 dogs, a horse, and a grump cat, accompanied her on the journey north. Dr. McMekin has a passion for geriatric medicine and dentistry, and loves being able to aid in strengthening the bond between animals and their humans. In her spare time Dr. McMekin enjoys hiking, spending time with her husband, playing frisbee with her dogs and horseback riding.





Editor Stan Flagg