wake up Ernie
"give Ernie a tickle with the mouse and he will wake up"


Debra M. Givin D.V.M.

Debra M. Givin, D.V.M.

Dr. Debra Givin is a graduate of the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine and has been practicing in Maine since 1982. She is a member of
The American Veterinary Medical Association
The American Association of Feline Practitioners
The Maine Veterinary Medical Association
Dr. Givin designed the logo for The Cat Doctor and then started this feline exclusive practice in 1988.   Appreciation for this wonderful species has continued to grow over the years.   Her current interests include feline temperament types, environmental enrichment, prevention of obesity, and finally the restoration of cats to the god-like status they held in ancient Egypt.

Dr. Givin has received instruction in the subtle art of Feline communication from Quicken, Bradlee, Fergie, Cat Baleau, William and Walter. Quicken and Fergie passed in 2010. Bradlee passed in 2013. Cat Baleau has moved to the clinic in hopes of getting a lot of petting and admiration to fill his golden years.  William and Walter (she still thinks of them as the "kittens") keep Debra and Keith on schedule and well disciplined.

 Debra enjoys sea kayaking, golf, cross country skiing, watercolor painting, the tarot, tatting, photography, knitting, needle felting and sewing period correct 1860's clothing. And she loves her kitties.

Dr. Robert E. Wright

Robert E. Wright, D.V.M.

Dr. Robert Wright is a graduate of the Atlantic Veterinary College, Prince Edward Island, Canada.   Dr. Wright worked at The Cat Doctor during the summer of 1997.   At that time he got to know the staff and developed a fascination with feline medicine.   He joined the staff full time in May of 1998.   He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association AVMA, The American Association of Feline Practitioners AAFP, and The Maine Veterinary Medical Association MVMA.

Dr. Wright and his friend Vicki have discovered the joy of kayaking along the Maine coast.   For Dr. Wright, an all-season, outdoor adventurer, this hobby fills much of his leisure time.   Other passions include chess, digital photography, music, literature and small appliance repair.

Dr. Wright shares his home with Simon and Zoe, a pair of black and white short hair cats whom he met through work.   Each was brought to the Cat Doctor by Animal Control with extensive injuries, and each found his/her way into his heart after extended hospital stays.   A gallery of photographs of these special cats can be seen on the walls of his exam room at the hospital.

Dr. Deborah Britton

Deborah Britton, D.V.M.

Dr. Britton joined the staff in the Summer of 2005.   She is a 1993 graduate of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.   Prior to attending veterinary school, Deborah earned a B.S. degree in Biology and a Masters degree in Molecular Biology.   Dr. Britton is also a member of the AVMA, MVMA and AAFP.

The Britton family returned to husband Alan's home state of Maine in 2004.   Their four boys Ryan, Alex, Jack, and Eric gave up the sunny beaches of southern Florida for the snowy tranquillity of Maine.

Managing a household of 5 men keeps Deborah hopping, but she still finds time to enjoy reading and scrapbooking.   She also enjoys getting together with girlfriends from all over the country.   Deborah has lived in New York, Michigan, Texas, Florida and now we are all fortunate that she has settled in Maine.

Last but far from least the Britton household includes Pickle, a Somali and Sunny a Sheltie.

Business Manager

Tammy Bartlett

Tammy Bartlett, Business Manager

Tammy joined the staff of The Cat Doctor in 1997.   Her educational background, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interior Design from Newbury College in Boston, and her previous work experience in the field of interior design make Tammy uniquely qualified to fullfill the responsibilities of her current position.   Attention to detail, organizational skills, and appreciation of beauty and grace (traits with which cats are generously endowed), work well in these seemingly unrelated businesses.

Shortly after beginning her employment at the Cat Doctor, Tammy met the two kittens, Methos and Truffle, who as grown cats now manage her home life.   A third kitty, Emma joined the household a few years later. Sadly Truffle passed in the spring of 2012 - after a long history of IBD which progressed to intestinal lymposarcoma.

Tammy is responsible for looking after the business side The Cat Doctor.   She carries the burden of managing our finances in a manner that will allow us to pay our bills and keep our doors open.   Balancing the books, keeping us on a budget, and dealing with all of the official paper work necessary for the management of a small business enterprise require her vigilant attention.

Over the past several years Tammy has spent her free time perfecting her skills in pottery.   She now has a studio in her home

Licensed Veterinary Technicians

Emily Whitehead

Emily Whitehead Hall, L.V.T.

Emily has been employed by the Cat Doctor in one way or another since 2000.  She graduated from The New Hampshire Community Technical College located in Stratham, N.H. in the spring of 2005 and decided to continue her career working with cats.

Emily is now our "Lead Technician".  She has taken on all of Michelle's responsibilities and more.  The smooth running of a veterinary practice requires leadership and the coordination of many details, Emily is up for the challenge.

Two cats make their home with Emily and Brett.  Taj, a rambunctious brown tabby, and Maulie a short haired black and white.  Meara, a dog adds diversity.  Son Oliver George Hall joined the family in 2013.

Kimberly Jones

Kimberly Jones, L.V.T.

Kimberly began working at The Cat Doctor in May of 2011.  She is a 2005 graduate of the AVMA accredited Veterinary Technology program at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, CA.  Originally from New Hampshire, Kimberly came home to New England after graduation and worked in a veterinary clinic in Southern Maine.  After a 3 year hiatus for the birth and care of her daughter Audrey, she was ready to put her technical skills back to work.

Kimberly is hearing impaired.  She is fluent in American Sign Language and is an excellent speech reader.  When communicating with Kimberly be sure to make eye contact and speak clearly.  Kim is also fluent in feline body language so your kitty will have not problem being understood.

Reception Staff


Holly Sanders

When Holly joined our staff in October 2006 she had been working in the food service and hospitality industry while attending Southern Maine Community College.   She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and is a 2004 National Dean's List honoree.

As a volunteer with the Marine Animal Lifeline, Holly gained experience in animal care and record keeping.   These skills have served her well in her position here.   Empathy, attention to detail, and a keen intellect create a quiet compassion focused on making your cat's visit as comfortable as possible start to finish.

Holly and husband Mathew live with four cats: Val, Henrietta, Elaine, and Guybrush.  A baby is expected to join the family in November 2014.

Where are They Now . . .

Michelle Scott

Michelle L. Scott, L.V.T. Senior Technician

Michelle lead our staff of Licensed Veterinary Technicians for over 18 years.  In the Spring of 2014 she was offered a position working in the research and development group at IDEXX laboratories.  With a mixture of pride and sadness we wish her well in this new position.


Sarah Hyman

Sarah has achieved her goal - she is now a Veterinarian.  She graduated from University of California Davis in May 2014.

Sarah came to work at The Cat Doctor in February of 2006 when she was still a student at USM.   She graduated, got married, and moved to California where she established residency and eventually was admitted to the college of veterinary medicine.   We are so proud of you Sarah!

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