Our Team

Dr. John Flowers, At Home Veterinary Care, Gardiner, Maine.Dr. John Flowers

Dr. Flowers was born and raised in Lynbrook, NY, which is on Long Island. He attended Cornell University for his under-graduate and veterinary education and graduated in 1996. Dr. Flowers and his wife, Ellen, founded At Home Veterinary Care in 1999. Dr. Flowers enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine. He is a member of the Maine Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medicine Association and the American Animal Hospital Association. Dr. Flowers and his wife have three children. His extended family includes 3 dogs (Lacy, Jasmine and Penne), 3 cats and an African Gray parrot. In whatever spare time he can manage, Dr. Flowers enjoys gardening, fishing, hunting and many other outdoor activities.


Ellen Flowers, Practice Manager, At Home Veterinary Care, Gardiner, Maine.Ellen Flowers, Practice Manager

Ellen is our practice manager and manages to skillfully combine this with her work as a licensed veterinary technician. As a veterinary technician, Ellen assists with radiographs, catheter placement, surgical procedures, performs dentals and fills in whenever necessary. She has been a technician for 18 years and has worked at two referral hospitals as a surgical technician. She also worked in the intensive care unit at Cornell University. Ellen and Dr. Flowers are parents to three wonderful children and their extended family includes 3 dogs, 2 cats and an African Gray parrot. During Ellen’s rare free time, she loves reading, stained glass, and working in the garden.


Dr. Heather Crispell, At Home Veterinary Care, Gardiner, Maine.Dr. Heather Crispell

Dr. Crispell is excited to be part of the At Home Veterinary Care team. Heather graduated from Saint Michael’s College with a Bachelor or Science in 2006. Dr. Crispell grew up in Harvard, Massachusetts, and has had a life long interest in adventure and science. These interests have led her to working in diverse fields like biomedical research and neuroscience in diverse places from Bar Harbor, Maine to Fairbanks, Alaska. Dr. Crispell attended The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University graduating in 2013. Heather, her husband and their Alaskan Malamute Maddie love to spend their free time skijoring, climbing, kayaking and exploring.




Dr. Rachel O’Brien

Dr. O’Brien is thrilled to be moving back home to the northeast after spending the last year working in Montana.  She great up in Wrentham, MA and got her B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut.  Dr. O’Brien graduated with her D.V.M. from Purdue University in May of 2017.  She especially enjoys client education, radiology and cardiology.  She and her husband live in Waterville and share their home with a chocolate lab mix, Murphy and a cat, Chandler.  In her spare time, Dr. O’Brien enjoys traveling, crocheting, horseback riding, hiking and skiing.



Valerie, Office Manager, At Home Veterinary Care, Gardiner, Maine.

Valerie, Office Manager

Valerie joined our staff in April, 2014 as our office manager. Valerie grew up in the Gardiner area and after 20 years away was very happy to come back home the first of the year. Valerie enjoys gardening, quilting, embroidery and spending time with her family. Valerie has 1 son and 3 beautiful grandbabies. She resides in Pittston with her husband Ralph and their lab Zoey.


Melissa, Licensed Veterinary Technician, At Home Veterinary Care, Gardiner, Maine.

Melissa, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Melissa joined our team in 2005 and has not missed a beat. A graduate of the University of Maine at Orono with a Bachelors in Zoology, she furthered her education by obtaining an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology at NHCTC in New Hampshire. A Licensed Technician since 2003, Melissa has been working with animals since 2000. She and her husband live in Bowdoinham with 2 dogs (Dexter, a German Shepherd, and Skye, a Doberman) and 3 cats. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys reading, hiking with her dogs, camping and fishing.

Pat, Head Technician

From the time she was little, Pat remembers stray animals following her home. As a child, Pat rehabilitated all kinds of wildlife: snakes, turtles, frogs and birds, just to name a few. After a career in journalism, Pat decided to follow her love of animals and she went back to school to become a licensed veterinary technician. Pat has been a licensed technician since 1995 and pays special attention to each pet that is in her care. Prior to moving to Maine and joining our staff, she had worked at the same hospital for 13 years. Pat loves the mentality of herding dogs and appreciates the sense of humor her “Beardies” have. Pat has 4 bearded collies and too many cats and chickens to count. She also enjoys gardening and the challenges of starting an apple orchard.



   Morgan, Licensed Veterinary Technician


Amy, Veterinary Assistant, At Home Veterinary Care, Gardiner, Maine.Amy, Veterinary Assistant

Amy has been working with animals since she was 15 years old, starting out volunteering at a local animal shelter. She lives with her large, four-legged family and spends her free time camping, hiking, snow-shoeing or just hanging out with her dogs.



Shasta, Veterinary Assistant

Shasta joined our team in February, 2017.  She has worked in the animal field for 7 years as a /kennel attendant/vet assistant.  She then worked at a doggy daycare for 5 years.  Shasta also has her own organic dog treat company, Perfectly for Pooches.  She has a small zoo which consists of 4 dogs Sheeba, Rocko, Peaches and Punky Bruiser, 2 cats Colonel Mustard and Onyx and 6 chinchillas.  In her spare time she enjoys hiking, camping, baking and going to concerts.



Lydia, Veterinary Assistant

Lydia joined our team in December of 2016. She lives in Gardiner with her family and three cats, Mr. Bojangles, Mountain Girl, and Sugaree. When she is not working she enjoys spending time on the beach and in the mountains with her friends and family.



Amanda, Head Receptionist

Amanda joined our team in February 2017 after leaving Petco where she had been a manager for 10 years.  She has always had a special place in her heart for animals.  She lives in Richmond with her husband Chad and her son, Ethan.  Together they have one dog, Kali, two cats, Sully and Briggsy; two bearded dragons, Marley and Jasper; one guinea pig, Oreo; and a 75 gallon saltwater tank.  She enjoys gardening, baking, hiking, movies and spending time with family, friends and her animals.


Natalie, Receptionist, At Home Veterinary Care, Gardiner, Maine.Natalie, Receptionist

Natalie joined our team in November 2015. It has always been her dream to work with animals. An impromptu interview during one of her dog’s exams landed her the positon of receptionist. Natalie spends her free time with her six dogs: her chocolate lab Cash, her black lab collie mix Rio, Bentley her chocolate lab spaniel mix,Ennis her boxer red bone coon hound mix, Smokey her cattle dog mix, and Ruby her chihuahua. She also enjoys her position as president of Animal Rescue of Kennebec; coordinating fundraising events and fostering puppies. Natalie is passionate about her career in the veterinary field and thrilled that it began with our clinic!


Zerilla, Receptionist

Zerilla joined our team in August, 2017.  She has lived in the Gardiner area her entire life.  She is looking forward to this new adventure working with animals.  Zerilla enjoys reading and spending time with her family.  She has four grown children.   Zerilla also has an Old English Bulldog named Ellie who is 2 and Baby a Blue Seal Point who is 10 and lots of grand doggies.  She resides in Gardiner with her fiance, Dave.




Brittany, Technician Assistant

Brittany joined our team in February of 2017.  She was born in South Carolina but moved to Maine with her family before she was 1.  As a child Brittany was always hanging around her grandparents barn helping with chickens, horses and barn cats.  Caring for and helping animals of all kinds has always been her passion, however, horses are Brittany’s lifetime love.  Ever since she can remember she has been working with and riding horses.  She owns three of her own, Reva (a quarter horse/Tennessee walker cross), her baby Harley, and Little Man (a leopard appaloosa Brittany rescued in 2009). She also has four other fur babies, Nugget and miniature dachshund, Koda a pitbull, Kit-Kat a calico shorthair and Rascal a tortie calico shorthair.  Over the past few years Brittany has worked towards continuing my education.  She attended Penn Foster, an online school and completed the first semester towards being a veterinary technician.  Brittany’s goal is to finish school with UMA and obtain her veterinary technician license.  In her spare time I enjoy horseback riding, hiking, gardening, fishing, kayaking, skiing and playing disc golf.

   Salena, Receptionist, Technician Assistant


Melanie – Veterinary Assistant

Melanie started with At Home Veterinary Care in October of 2017.  She was born and raised in Augusta.  She lived in California for 5 years and then came back home to Maine.  She has two beautiful daughters, 4 cats and a chi/min pin mix named Nala.  Melanie has over 12 years of animal experience working both in Veterinary clinics and in animal shelters.  Melanie loves to spend time with her family and take lots of pictures in her spare time.