Nellie Savage, DVM — Chief of Staff
Dr. Nellie Savage, our Chief of Staff, grew up in Southwest Harbor, Maine. It was here that she gained an appreciation for the life this amazing state has to offer. After attending Middlebury College in Vermont, Dr. Savage spent four years experiencing life in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She came back East to attend veterinary school at Tufts University and shortly thereafter moved back up to Maine. Dr. Savage is thrilled to be back home where she belongs. She happily lives in South Portland with her wonderful husband Nathan and their beautiful triplet daughters, Reese, Maizie and Charlie. Also sharing in all the love are two Labrador retrievers, Wakefield and Gibson, and one frisky cat, Wall-E.
Antoinette O'Hara, BVSc, MRCVS
David Gurbacki, DVM
Dr. David Gurbacki grew up in Buffalo, New York and currently lives here in Portland. He attended the State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo for his undergraduate degree, and Cornell University for his veterinary degree. Before joining the Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic team in 2016, he practiced at other veterinary hospitals in Carbondale, Colorado and Buffalo, New York.
Dr. Gurbacki's veterinary interests include preventive medicine, soft tissue surgery, and emergency care. His personal interests include reading, hiking, running, biking, camping and traveling. At home, he has a lab/hound mix named Stanley, and an orange tabby cat named Sam.
Kate Ferrell, BVetMed, MRCVS
Dr. Kate Ferrell joined the team at Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic in June 2016. She was excited to return to the Portland area to practice veterinary medicine after growing up on an island in Casco Bay.
Following completion of undergraduate studies at New York University, Dr. Ferrell returned to Maine and worked as an assistant at a veterinary referral hospital where she gained invaluable experience. With the support and encouragement of family and friends, Dr. Ferrell moved to England with her husband and their beagle, Homer, to pursue training at the Royal Veterinary College. Five years later, she returned to the United States with her veterinary degree and family, which has expanded to include a son.
Mark House, DVM, ACVS
Dr. Mark House is a board-certified surgeon available to the clients of Brackett Street & Brackett West Veterinary Clinics for complex surgeries such as orthopedic and soft tissue. He earned a DVM degree from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2004. As he endeavored to become a veterinary surgeon at a young age, he sought further training to one day become a specialist.
From 2004 to 2005, Dr. House attended the Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital to complete a one-year general internship program. Then he moved to Long Island, New York, where he completed a one-year surgery internship program at Long Island Veterinary Specialists (LIVS). LIVS is a very busy private animal hospital which offers further training including a residency program. Dr. House remained at LIVS for three more years where he focused solely on small animal surgery to gain valuable skills including knowledge of various soft tissue, orthopedic and neurologic procedures.