Dr. Margaret Shively
Dr. Shively earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of New Hampshire, her Master of Science from Washington State University and her DVM from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.
She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Maine Veterinary Medical Association. She is past President of the New England Veterinary Medical Association and a Trustee for the Veterinary Scholarship Trust of New England, which strives to improve the quality of veterinary care in the region by helping the veterinarians of tomorrow reduce the substantial debt they incur while in school.
In the fall of 1987, Dr. Shively moved her practice from Kittery to Kennebunk. Since then, she has enjoyed practicing in the small community. She supports numerous community groups and initiatives, and enjoys the multi-generational aspect of her relationships with clients. Some of the people who bring their pets in today are the children of her first clients. And helping keep pets healthy and happy from puppies and kittens to seniors is one of the most rewarding aspects of practicing in primary veterinary care.
Dr. Shively shares her home with her husband and daughter. They round out the family with their crazy Staffordshire bull terrier Lillie, rambunctious cat Sheba, mild mannered tabby cat Patch, and Corona the goldfish.
You can tell a lot about Dr. Shively by how she spends her time off. In addition to skiing, reading and gardening, she is an avid horseback rider - riding once a week and serving as the veterinarian on duty at competitive trail rides. While we don't see large animals here, she has long studied their care, including publishing an article on Equine Infectious Anemia Virus. And each summer, when most people on vacation with access to a boat would be out on the water sunning themselves, Dr. Shively is on a boat - making "house calls" to the islands of Blue Hill Bay. She runs the Dockside program, where island animals can be seen on the boat and avoid the long trek to the mainland.
Dr. Kenneth Odrzywolski
Dr. Odrzywolski (we call him Dr. O) has been enjoying the practice of veterinary medicine since 1987. In fact, he and Dr. Shively went to Tufts together. He hails from Buffalo, N.Y. and earned his Bachelor of Science with Distinction from Cornell University. He found his calling during his junior year, when he spent a semester studying marine biology and ocean sciences at the Isle of Shoals and aboard the Westward. He earned his DVM at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. O interned at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston - at that time, a specialty, emergency and primary care hospital serving 80,000 patients per year. It was a very competitive internship that afforded a diversity of health issues few doctors get to experience. He says it was like putting my first five years of private practice into fourteen months. It helped him develop the medical philosophy and proficiency that he has today. It also made him to a die-hard member of Red Sox Nation.
As a primary care physician, Dr. O is well versed in all aspects of veterinary care for companion animals. His strongest interests lie in internal medicine and endocrinology, where answers can be elusive and treatment long-term. He is especially skilled with soft tissue surgical procedures and veterinary dentistry. He is a member of the AVMA and MVMA.
The reason we are particularly lucky to have Dr. O on our team is his ability to work in partnership with pet owners. He spent three years teaching anatomy and physiology, where he learned how to make complex physiological information straight forward and clear. Anyone who has had a sick pet can appreciate that skill. And Dr. O is keenly aware of the strong bond between animals and their people, and the need for compassionate and humane end of life care. He is sensitive to the conflicting emotions and priorities people struggle with and prides himself on helping support them through the passage, making it a peaceful and dignified experience.
Dr. O lives locally with his two teenagers and two very sweet tuxedo cats, Jasper and Ezmea.
Dr. Rina Porell
Dr. Porell joined our team in 2006. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Binghamton University and her DVM from Ross University in St. Kitts, West Indies. It sounds like the kind of place you go to work on your tan, but don't let that fool you. Dr. Porell is a top notch primary care physician. She interned at Manhattan Vet Group and practiced in New York City for three years before moving to Maine.
Like Dr. Shively and Dr. O, Dr. Porell is a general practitioner who covers all aspects of small animal medicine. Her rigorous training and gift for attention to detail make her the most thorough provider you'll find. A strong believer in Evidence Based Medicine, you will often find her digging into journals and researching the latest updates in veterinary practice globally. Her special interests include Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine and Ophthalmology. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and regularly takes opportunities to expand her training and expertise.
She still misses NYC, and the sunny winters of St. Kitts. Who wouldn't. But she now loves living in Kennebunk with her husband and their two children and their King Charles Cavalier Spaniel named Oscar.
Dr. Pamela Bluestone
Our newest addition, Dr. Pamela Bluestone joined our team in 2019. Originally from Larchmont, New York, Dr. Bluestone earned her DVM from Cornell University in 1995, after earning a Bachelor of Science with Distinction from Cornell in 1991. After graduation, she moved out to Alaska. She only intended to live there for a short time, but stayed for 21 years. She moved back East in 2016.
Dr. Bluestone is a member of the AVMA. She has always enjoyed general practice and her role as a primary care doctor and has a long standing interest in neurology. More recently, she's developed an interest in acupuncture and herbal remedies as complements to Western medicine. She received specialized training through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2015. We are excited about her experience in acupuncture, both with and without laser, and her understanding of complementary modalities. We know our patients will benefit and we’re ready to learn.
Dr. Bluestone has always loved New England and feels particularly lucky to be living and working on the coast of Maine. She lives with her two sons and their husky mix, Josie, who was rescued from a small interior Alaskan village. She enjoys walking her dog on the beach, cooking, gardening, cross country skiing and, occasionally, crocheting, quilting or beading.
Finding a new Associate Veterinarian is hard. We feel particularly lucky to have found such a smart, capable doctor, and luckier still to have found someone who shares our professional values and style. She has a kind heart, a warm manner, and she really knows her stuff. We think you'll enjoy working with her as much as we do.
Our doctors are especially glad to welcome her aboard. As demand has increased over the past few years, the other doctors have met the need by expanding their hours. Having Dr. Bluestone on the team means Drs. Shively, Odrzywolski and Porell can work more reasonable schedules, and more time with their own pets.