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Mission Statement

At Northeast Veterinary Partners, our goal is to empower our teams to be the best advocate for their patients.

Combined Years of Experience

Dr. McGrath

Dr. McGrath

CEO and Founder

Dr. McGrath graduated from Tufts University in 1986. He bought his first hospital in 1989, and from there he grew a successful organization of 12 hospitals with almost 30 veterinarians and 150 happy team members. In 2016, he sold the hospitals to Pathway Veterinary Alliance. After selling the hospitals, he decided to found Northeast Veterinary Partners.

Dr. McGrath’s goal for Northeast Veterinary Partners is to create a company culture that focuses on building teams that are supported and happy! Just as we care for your pets, it’s important that we care for our employees, too.

Dreams do come true! Dr. McGrath says, “Since I was 5 years old, I have been fascinated with animals. I always wanted to be a veterinarian … I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity I had to fulfill my childhood dream.” Working with animals has always been Dr. McGrath’s passion, and he is thrilled to be able to do what he loves every single day.

Jacqueline Scanlon

Jacqueline Scanlon

Regional Marketing Manager

Jackie is our Regional Marketing Manager. She started her career as a veterinary technician and worked her way into a practice management role. Jackie worked as a practice manager for over a decade which led to her discovering her biggest passion, marketing. She transitioned into a marketing management role where she developed and executed marketing plans for several practice groups before joining our team. Jackie is passionate about creating unique and genuine marketing materials that connect with the clients and communities we serve. When her creative brain is turned off, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters and their dogs Maleficent and Ursula.

Dr. Paul Pelletier

Dr. Paul Pelletier

Regional Medical Director

Dr. Pelletier is our Regional Medical Director here at Northeast Veterinary Partners. He started his career working as an Associate Veterinarian for several years. Recognizing his passion for a high-quality standard of care and his strong sense for the business side of veterinary medicine, he was promoted to Chief of Staff of his hospital, and later to a Regional Medical Director role. Dr. Pelletier serves a supportive role to the associate veterinarians in our group.

Outside of his work life, he enjoys spending time with his family, grilling, and watching the New England Patriots.

Laurie Lacharite

Laurie Lacharite

Regional Operations Manager

Laurie Lacharite is Northeast Veterinary Partners Regional Operations Manager. Prior to her current role, Laurie started her career in the veterinary industry back in 1997, where she gained knowledge and experience throughout each department of the veterinary practice by working as a receptionist, technician, hospital manager, marketing manager, and then moving into an acquisitions and regional operations position. Laurie worked several years in a multitude of roles that allowed her to recognize that she wanted to have a bigger impact on the people and practices she worked with. Her primary focuses are on enhancing the standard of medicine within our practices, managing employee work-life balance, creating positive client experiences, as well as teaching healthy business management practices and efficient hospital operations. Laurie’s creative thinking, confidence, passion for animals and people as well as for the field of veterinary medicine allows her to relate and effectively inspire her colleagues. Outside of her work, Laurie enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the outdoors, music, art, and photography.
Ken Hefner

Ken Hefner

Regional IT Manager

Ken Hefner is Northeast Veterinary Partners Regional IT Manager. Ken came to Northeast Vet Partners after 20 years with Xerox as a Solutions Architect. His wife (Ann) had previously worked for Dr. McGrath for 10 years.

Ken and Ann have one son: Max (18 as of March 2022)

Ken is a 3rd-degree blackbelt in Kenpo Karate and also studying Uechi Ryu Karate. In his spare time, he can be found with his family, at the dojo, or reading.

Wayne Goon

Wayne Goon

Senior Accounting Manager

Wayne is a Massachusetts native who lives in Tewksbury, MA. He graduated Nichols College with a Bachelors degree in Accounting. A few years later, he received his Masters degree in Entrepreneurship from Southern New Hampshire University. Wayne has worked in accounting in many different industries. His last employer was a dental service company and currently serves as our Senior Accounting Manager.

Outside of work, Wayne loves to spend time with his wife, Mary, his son Jacob, and his two bunnies, Pip Pip and Mona. He has many different hobbies which include playing video games, board games, brewing beer, woodworking, cheering for Boston sports teams, and playing guitar.

Kendra Wilkins

Kendra Wilkins

Assistant Regional Manager

Kendra is one of our Assistant Regional Managers. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Animal Science and is currently pursuing a master’s degree. She began working with animals in high school, volunteering at an animal shelter then interning at a local hospital. After school she was a receptionist, then veterinary technician for many years before moving to the practice manager role. Kendra is excited to be part of the regional team and helping to bring Dr. McGrath’s vision to reality! She is passionate about preventative care and helping her patients live long, healthy lives.
Kristen Vizena

Kristen Vizena

Assistant Regional Manager

Kristen is one of our Assistant Regional Operations Managers. She grew up locally, with a strong love for animals that just could not be ignored. Kristen got her first job in veterinary medicine at the age of 16 and has never looked back. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and is currently furthering her college education to earn her master’s degree.

She absolutely loves the bond created with our patients and clients, as well as working with a team that shares the same values as her. Kristen is passionate about continuing to bring exceptional care to our patients and client service in all the beloved communities we service.

Linda Farley

Linda Farley

Bookkeeper

Linda has worked as a bookkeeper for Dr. McGrath’s hospitals since 1999. She lives in Southern New Hampshire with her husband, Rich, and small dogs, Ginny and Tinky. Linda loves to spend time with her sons and grandchildren and is an avid crafter. During her free time, you would likely find her at her craft desk learning new techniques and happily creating.

Angelina Milinazzo

Angelina Milinazzo

Assistant Bookkeeper/Notary Public

A New England native, Angelina has been surrounded by pets all of her life. She fell into the animal care world when she took a job after high school at a kennel in a local hospital owned by Dr. McGrath. While working at the hospital, a job she loved, she worked in various departments and enjoyed the ability to experience all aspects of the animal care world. A move to the South Shore led to work in the human side of healthcare with an amazing doctor and patients at a neuropsychiatry office. Her time here included learning about document imaging and storing and the experience opened the doors that lead to her career in documentation software. A chance conversation in early 2020 led to the opportunity to work for Dr. McGrath once again and the return and reconnection with former coworkers that had become friends many years before. Angelina enjoys working with practices and vendors during the onboarding of new hospitals joining the network, helping Practice Managers however she can, and working to integrate new technologies to help streamline finances and processes.

Angelina lives in Southern New Hampshire with her boyfriend and their rescue pups, but you can find her crafting, cooking, and baking for families and parties, and enjoying the woods of Maine whenever a getaway is possible.

Ann Hefner

Ann Hefner

Assistant Bookkeepers

Ann is one of our Assistant Bookkeepers. She began working in the veterinary world as a receptionist in 2002 before starting a family. After being a stay-at-home mom for a few years Ann went back to work as a receptionist at a local animal hospital owned by Dr. McGrath. In 2012 she made the move into the accounting department as Bookkeeping Assistant and later as an Account Payable Specialist.

She lives locally with her husband, Ken (NEVP’s Regional IT Manager) and their son Max as well as their two rescue kitties. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family as well as trying her hand at different craft projects.

Location

1794 Bridge Street, Unit 27B
Dracut, MA 01826

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