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.

Whitney Fry, DVM  photo

Whitney Fry, DVM

My name is Whitney Fry. Originally from Oklahoma, I graduated from Oklahoma State University School of Veterinarian Medicine in 2014. I then made the move to New England and completed a one-year small animal internship at Tufts Cummings. After working at a busy ER hospital in Massachusetts for over 5 years, I am excited to take on a new adventure in General Practice with Sagamore Animal Hospital. My husband, Brian, and I moved to York, Maine last summer and we are enjoying coastal living. We have a cat named Milo. In my free time I enjoy hiking, camping and travel.

Joe Marchell, DVM  photo

Joe Marchell, DVM

My name is Joe Marchell. I grew up in Hampton Falls, NH and attended Winnacunnet High School, University of Vermont, and Washington State University for my doctorate. I come from a family of veterinarians. Both of my parents practice on the seacoast; Dr. Frank Marchell at Piscataqua Animal Hospital in Kittery, ME and Dr. Cindy Wojcicki at Merrimac Valley Animal Hospital in Amesbury, MA. Professionally I enjoy dermatology and internal medicine. Outside of work I’m interested in music production and weightlifting.

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.

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

COVID-19 Protocol: We are providing curbside service for the safety of our staff and clients. Thank you for your understanding and know that providing quality care is our top priority. Please call to book an appointment, order food or request medications.


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