Our Team

Our Team

Sagamore Animal Hospital has been part of the seacoast community since Dr. Craig Williams opened it as Portsmouth-Rye Animal Hospital in 1985. In 1989 Dr. Michael Schafer (a 1986 graduate of Cornell University) purchased the clinic and renamed it Sagamore Animal Hospital. We have had many great veterinarians and support staff over the years. Dr. Geraldine Aviza joined us in 2001, also a graduate of Cornell University. In 2004 Dr. Schafer had our new facility built just down the road so that we would be able to expand and grow.

Our Team

Michael Schafer, DVM <br />Owner photo

Michael Schafer, DVM

My name is Michael Schafer. I am a 1986 graduate of Cornell University. In 1987 I began managing Sagamore Animal Hospital and purchased the facility in 1989.

I am married to Laura Mitchell and have two children, Hanna and Ripley. We live on a farm with 14 horses and lots of chickens. Pets at home include Beanie, Migs, and Tia, our 3 Jack Russel Terriers, and 2 cats, Celeste and Yaz. My interests include hiking, camping, skiing, and woodworking. I just completed my second Iron Man triathlon.

Michelle Gorayeb, DVM VETERINARIAN photo

Michelle Gorayeb, DVM VETERINARIAN

I am a Seacoast New Hampshire native and currently residing in the South End of Portsmouth. I graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island in 2017 and have been working as a small animal veterinarian in NH ever since. I am thrilled to join the teams at both Sagamore Animal Hospital and Piscataqua Animal Hospital in the area I love! My favorite aspect of veterinary medicine is communicating with clients, imparting knowledge and sharing ideas with the goal of providing the best possible care to my patients. Above all, I want my clients to feel confident in making decisions regarding their pets’ healthcare. I strive to spend as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors; kayaking, hiking, camping, skiing, and snowshoeing in the White Mountains and around the Seacoast!

Jill Bellows <br />Client Relations Specialist photo

Jill Bellows
Client Relations Specialist

My name is Jill Bellows. I joined the Sagamore Team in 1989. I live with my husband Paul, son Connor and my kitten Milton. Most days you will find me at the front desk answering phones, making appointments and greeting clients.

I enjoy my job everyday, the people I work with, and our wonderful clients and their pets. My fondest memories of the job are those in which the Sagamore Team helped better the life of an animal.

Pat Fay <br />Client Relations Specialist photo

Pat Fay
Client Relations Specialist

My name is Pat Fay and I joined the Sagamore team in 1987. I have 2 horses, 1 Lab, and 3 cats.

I enjoy riding and working with horses, hanging out with my family and friends (both 2 legged and 4 legged), yoga, and Reiki. I enjoy the relationships that I have with all my animal friends who come in to see us and their owners.

Heather Good <br />Veterinary Technician photo

Heather Good
Veterinary Technician

My name is Heather Good. I graduated from UNH with my Bachelor of Science Degree in 1998. I have been at Sagamore since October 1996.

I live in Rye with my boyfriend Gary and our cats Emily Rose and Gatsby (Sagamore alumni). I have an appaloosa horse named Bear. My interests include horse showing and trail riding, darts, and bowling.

Cristy Bishop <br />Veterinary Technician photo

Cristy Bishop
Veterinary Technician

My name is Cristy Bishop. I started with Sagamore Animal Hospital in 1997 after graduating from New Hampshire Technical College in Stratham.

I enjoy snowmobiling and playing darts. One of my fondest memories is moving to our new building. We were long over due for a move. We are all happy to be in our new home and look forward to many more happy years.

Jacky Brown <br />Bookkeeper photo

Jacky Brown

Jacky Brown is Piscataqua Animal Hospital and Sagamore Animal Hospital's bookkeeper and resident desk potato. Jacky began working as a Veterinary Technician in 1974 for Dr. Ed Eames and has been a member of the "vet set" ever since. After over 20 years of swallowing her share of cat hairs and having her pockets piddled in, she retired as a tech in 1998, and began handling the money matters rather than the needles and hemostats. Her employment for Dr. Mike Schafer at Sagamore Animal began in 1993 and for Piscataqua Animal Hospital for Doctors Mike Schafer and Frank Marchell in 1996. Now enjoying the best of both worlds by still being in the "biz", Jacky works every day with a cat or dog in her lap, and loves every minute of it.

Tiana Calderwood </br>Technician photo

Tiana Calderwood

My name is Tiana Calderwood. I earned my Associates in Veterinary Technology in Spring of 2018 and graduated from Becker College the following winter with my Bachelors in Veterinary Science. I started working at Sagamore in August of 2018. I live in Amesbury Massachusetts with my family, our two Cavaliers Kansas and Tyson, and our cat Samson. I enjoy riding my horse Curio, sketching, and reading up on classic stories and mythology.

Robyn Thompson </br>Client Relations Specialist photo

Robyn Thompson
Client Relations Specialist

My name is Robyn Thompson and I joined the Sagamore family in 2019.  I bring 30 years of experience working  in the veterinary world.  My husband’s military career afforded me the incredible opportunity of working at practices across the country.  I began my career as a small animal technician and over time worked my way to the position lead equine technician.  I have helped run multiple veterinary front offices and look forward to what the future holds at Sagamore. 

Eric and I live in Dover and with our menagerie.  We share our lives with our amazing Gypsy Vanner mare named Calypso, 4 Sighthounds Brodie,Lucy,Maddie & Loki, 2 Nigerian Dwarf Goats Gene & Louise , 2 Holland Lop bunnies Humphrey and Bogart and 2 quirky Sugar Gliders named Ebby & Dozier.

I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, traveling, and playing the violin.

Sagamore Animal Hospital
64 Sagamore Road
Rye, NH 03870

Phone: 603-431-8785
Fax: 603-431-1928

Email us: sagamorevet@gmail.com

After Hours Emergency Care: Port City Referral Hospital 215 Commerce Way Portsmouth, NH 03801 (603) 433-0056


Monday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Tuesday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Wednesday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Thursday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed