The Can-Am Crown Veterinary Staff for 2020

Nick Pesut, VMD Nick
  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 sixteenth 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.
Melanie Donofro, DVM Melanie
  Dr. Melanie Donofro graduated from Auburn University School of Agriculture with a BS in Animal Science in 1979 and Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. She is a 2001 graduate of the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, and received her Certificate from The Healing Oasis in August 2006 for veterinary spinal manipulation. Dr. Melanie practices at Los Robles Animal Hospital in Tallahassee, FL which she opened in 1986. She became interested in sled dog medicine in 1998 when she volunteered for the Yukon Quest, She has worked the Quest many times along with the Iditarod, Siskiyou 200, Race to the Sky and the Can Am Crown. The Can Am has become her favorite race as she loves working with the team of veterinarians and technicians that volunteer for the race along with the wonderful mushers. She works with Hunt Test, Field Trial dogs and agility dogs to keep her skills sharp for working with the sled dogs. Dr.Melanie is especially interested in teaching mushers good dog care and how to treat specific injuries in to enable the musher to finish with a full team. Dr. Melanie is always willing to answer questions and help in any way she can.
Laura McConnell, DVM Laura
  Dr. Laura McConnell graduated from Texas A&M University with her DVM degree in 2002. She practiced in Texas for several years, then moved to Maine, where she has volunteered as a trail veterinarian. She currently works at Stoneledge Animal Hospital in Southern Maine and spends her free time hiking, snowboarding, and training/playing with her own dogs, who compete in agility and dock jumping. She also works for the Maine Greyhound Placement Service in Augusta, Maine. She has volunteered as a trail veterinarian for the Can-Am for several years, beginning in 2008. She can't wait to come back for her seventh year! Dr. McConnell is a member of the AVMA, MeVMA, and ISDVMA. She looks forward to getting a chance to practice her French at the Can-Am.
Jennifer Mirecki, DVM Jennifer
  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
  "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."
Sarah Sweet, DVM Sarah
  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 never to 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.
Katie Monick, DVM Katie
  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!
Laurie Dunbar, DVM Laurie
  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 second time.
Carine Bourrellis
Shad Orechovesky
Laura Ravaschio
Betsy Richmond

Editor Stan Flagg