J. Wesley Chapin, DVM
Dr. Chapin grew up on his family’s farm in upstate New York. As a young man he was very active in 4-H and worked with sheep and various livestock. He also enjoyed working at a local veterinary hospital. Both his upbringing and background in animal care made veterinary medicine a very natural career path for him.
Dr. Chapin received his Bachelor of Science degree from North Dakota State University and later received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University.
He first began his veterinary career in a mixed animal practice, but found he wanted to focus more on small animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Chapin moved to the northeast and joined the Broadview Animal Hospital team in 2005. He then became an owner of the practice in 2008.
Although Dr. Chapin enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, he is most passionate about soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. He has pursued continuing education to further his skills by attending the Ohio State Fracture Management course, and has also undergone training to perform Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) surgery to manage anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in dogs. Although not board certified, Dr. Chapin also manages broken bones, luxating patella (knee cap) disease, and femoral head and neck ostectomies (FHO surgery). He says, “I truly love seeing my patients heal and get back to being active and happy after an injury. I want to be sure everything goes smoothly with my patients throughout the recovery process. I feel a duty to help my clients maintain peace of mind through health challenges.”
Dr. Chapin says that he enjoys practicing veterinary medicine because he has “always had a deep desire to help heal animals when they are sick or hurt. I also thoroughly enjoy getting to know my patients. They each have their own personality.”
Dr. Chapin is currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Study Groups Organization.
Interestingly enough, Dr. Chapin met his wife, Hilary, during their time together in 4-H as teenagers. They have two young children. Dr. Chapin loves to travel with his family and also enjoys building, skiing and fly fishing.
The Chapin family has a plethora of pets. They have four cats named Lilo, Princess Kiss, Camella, and Flowery. (As you can tell, the kids have taken an active role in naming the pets.) They also own five dogs: a Corgi named Gabby, a Cocker Spaniel named Willy, a Labrador Retriever named Rosie, and two Great Pyrenees that are livestock guardian dogs, named Rita and Chunk. They watch over the forty Romney sheep that also reside at the Chapin home, which is aptly named “Smiling Sheep Farm”. The family takes pride in showing the sheep nationally and selling their beautiful fleeces.
Bridget Aznive, DVM
Dr. Bridget Aznive was raised on a small farm in Louden, NH where she helped care for a herd of Herford cows and the horses she showed in 4-H. Growing up on a farm gave her the opportunity to help the large animal veterinarian with vet checks. Being active in 4-H led her to discover the importance of proper veterinary care, so it was the obvious career path for her. After completing her undergraduate studies at the University of New Hampshire, she moved to St. Kitts to attend Ross University and pursue her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Dr. Aznive finished her studies with a clinical year at Kansas State University before moving back to New England.
Making a difference in the lives of the pets and the owners who love them is very important to Dr. Aznive. Her strength lies in new puppy visits because she enjoys providing client education and laying the groundwork for happy, healthy adult canines. She joined our team in October of 2017, 8 months after graduating from veterinary school. As a new graduate, she is working towards expanding her knowledge in both dentistry and surgery.
In addition to successfully training and showing horses, Dr. Aznive was an active member in the 4-H Junior Leaders program. Through 4-H, she helped organize many community service programs including planning activities for local assisted living facilities, as well as local chapters of Operation Military Kids and Operation Santa.
She still lives on the cattle farm with her family along with a Quarter horse named Sierra, a Heinz 57 mixed breed dog named Scooby, and their cat Toddles. Outside of work, Dr. Aznive still volunteers with her local 4-H group. She spends her free time quilting and playing with her horses and cows.
Michelle Gorayeb, DVM
A Seacoast New Hampshire native, Dr. Michelle Gorayeb joined out team in 2017 soon after graduating from the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. As an undergraduate, she earned a BS in integrative biology at the University of Vermont. It was her interest in marine and wildlife ecology that motivated her to complete internships at the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation and the Center for Wildlife. After watching a volunteer veterinarian creatively use his skills to treat injured wildlife, she was inspired to switch her focus to pursue a career in small animal veterinary medicine.
When asked about her favorite aspects of veterinary medicine, she says “I enjoy working with clients, imparting knowledge and sharing ideas. Above all, I want my clients to feel confident in making decisions regarding their pets’ healthcare”. She has a particular interest in soft tissue surgery and dentistry. In her quest to keep up with the ever changing nature of veterinary medicine, she is dedicated to continue to learn new techniques “to provide the best possible care for companion animals”. Dr. Gorayeb is currently pursuing further training focusing on ultrasonography and reproductive medicine.
During her clinical year, she took part in the Chinook Project which provided vaccines as well as spay/neuter services to the remote Inuit and First Nation communities of northern Labrador. She found this to be a rewarding trip as well as an amazing cultural experience. Dr. Gorayeb spends as much of her free time as possible outside; playing soccer, camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and snowshoeing in the White Mountains. When she can’t play outside, she enjoys painting and drawing. She also loves exploring the city of Portsmouth, NH where she is currently residing.
Melissa Kinnison, DVM
Dr. Kinnison was born in Colorado and then moved to Milton, New Hampshire at the age of thirteen. Soon thereafter, she became a volunteer at the Milton Veterinary Clinic, where she witnessed a Caesarean section being performed. She was so inspired that she decided to pursue veterinary medicine as a career.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Wilson College in Pennsylvania and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University. She practiced at two other animal hospitals in New England before joining our team in 2007.
Dr. Kinnison appreciates all aspects of medicine and surgery but has particular interest in dermatology and internal medicine. She also has strong interest in small mammals, or what we refer to as “pocket pets”.
She aspires to learn more about animal behavior and how to make nervous patients less stressed at their visits to our hospital. Dr. Kinnison states that she “truly loves being able to participate in the human-animal bond. I also love fixing a problem and being able to enhance that animal’s life.”
Dr. Kinnison and her husband, Dave (Our Hospital Administrator), have two children, named Matt and Emily. She and her family love to travel together in their camper. She also enjoys hiking, gardening and reading. Her furry family members include a Beagle mix named Casey, and a cat named Jiminy.
Mary McDowell, DVM
Bio coming soon!