Our Veterinarians

Dr. Michelle West

Dr. Michelle West grew up in Madison, CT,  where she graduated from Daniel Hand High School.  As a child she loved all animals and was an avid equestrian competing in local shows and horse trials.  As far back as she can remember, her dream was to become a veterinarian. One of her first jobs at 16 was as a kennel assistant at The New Haven Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine. She was fascinated by this first introduction to veterinary medicine and began to plan her future path to attaining her dream.  In 1989 she graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Biology from Mount Holyoke College.  From there she moved to Ohio to attend The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  After graduating in 1993 with honors, she moved to Wisconsin to complete an equine internship. The following year she returned to Portland CT to work in an equine practice for two years before switching to small animal medicine and surgery.  Since 1996 she has worked at three practices in this area before purchasing Shoreline Animal Hospital in 2006 with Dr. Berman.

They are always calm when we go and they are never scared or stressed. They know Dr. Michelle is going to take great care of them

Dr. West is married and has three children as well as two dogs, Taco and Belle.  She has lived in Killingworth since 1995 and her kids attend school in town.  Her oldest daughter, Lindsay, is currently attending Ohio State to study engineering and loves being a Buckeye!  Her second daughter, Erica, is very involved in dance at Christian Academy of Dance.  Her youngest, Brian, is working toward his Eagle Scout and participates in the martial art of Hapkido at Green Hill Martial Arts. In her free time, Dr. West enjoys travel, walking, local theater, reading and being with family.  One of her travel goals is to visit all of our National Parks!  In the last few years she has been to Yellowstone NP, Grand Teton NP, Everglades NP,  Biscayne NP, Arches NP, Mesa Verde NP and Sand Dunes NP.

Dr. Julie Atwood Berman

Dr. Julie Atwood Berman is a native of Long Island, and grew up on the south shore with three brothers and many pets including dogs, cats, and horses.   She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in biology, and earned her DVM with honors from Tufts Veterinary School in 1991.  She has practiced small animal medicine in Connecticut ever since. She worked with Dr West for several years at another local practice before taking the plunge into business ownership in 2006.

Dr. Berman is the best. Wish there were more vets who cared as much as she does. My family and I appreciate her more than she will ever know.

Dr. Berman has 2 grown children; her daughter Emily is following in her footsteps attending Tufts Cummings Veterinary School and is the first legacy student in the school’s history!   Her son Nathaniel is a college student studying aerospace engineering and is a licensed pilot.   Dr. Berman lives on a small farm in Deep River with her husband Dave, who is semi-retired but stays busy taking care of all the animals.  Together they have 3 rescue dogs, 2 horses, an adorable mini donkey, a flock of chickens, and a love bird.   In her spare time Dr Berman enjoys riding and occasionally competing in dressage and combined training events, tending to her huge vegetable garden, beekeeping, traveling, and learning to play the cello.  She is a member of the Community Music School String Ensemble. She also serves on the board of directors of the New Haven County Veterinary Medical Association, and the Killingworth Refugee Resettlement Coalition.

JULIE G.

Julie is a U.S. Army Veteran and certified Veterinary Technician of 11 years. She is also a CT licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator who specializes in orphaned or injured baby squirrels.  She has 2 cats and a dog at home and would someday love to work at a zoo, especially with tigers!

HOLLIE

Hollie has been grooming dogs and cats since 1979, starting with an apprenticeship at the Perfect Pooch,  and has been at Shoreline Animal Hospital since 2010.  She lives with  her husband on the Shoreline. In her free time Hollie likes riding horses, and playing with her cats Nemo, Boo, & Julius.

AMANDA

Amanda has been working as a Vet Assistant/ Receptionist and making us smile at SAH since 2014.  She is currently going to school for a bachelors degree in Biotechnology.  She has a Bengal cat named Rufus and a Boston Terrier named Dexter.  In her free time when she’s not studying she enjoys running with her husband Steven and reading.

ROBIN

Robin has worked at SAH for almost 12 years. She currently works as a receptionist as well as doing accounting and office work.  Robin grew up with a variety of animals including horses, cats, dogs, and chickens. She has a passion for helping both people and animals, and has worked in the veterinary field for almost 20 years. She resides in Higganum with her husband and her 6 chickens. She has 2 adult children and recently became a grandmother.

LAUREN

Lauren has been a Vet Assistant with us since spring of 2016. She is originally from Virginia and earned her Bachelor of Psychology at Christopher Newport University. She went on to work as a marine mammal trainer where she realized her true passion in the veterinary field. She is currently finishing her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology at Middlesex Community College to become a certified Veterinary Technician. In her free time her favorite hobby is snuggling with her hamster!

JULIE H.

Julie graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. She has been a member of our team at Shoreline Animal Hospital since 2008 working as a vet assistant. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, spending time with friends and family and her two cats Jenny and Errol.

ALICJA

Alicja (Ala) has worked in the veterinary field for almost 40 years in both emergency and day practice settings. She has been employed at Shoreline Animal Hospital for over 20 years and currently enjoys a rewarding full time position as a veterinary technician. Ala is passionate about the feline patient and has special interest in the geriatric cat and the complex world of feline behavior. She always strives to give the utmost care and compassion to each patient as if it were her own.

Outside of work Ala enjoys spending time outdoors gardening, bicycling, and going for walks. She shares her home with her wonderful husband Don and plays “Kitty Mom” to her six cats: Little Man, Cricket, Patrick (in photo) Maxwell, Bug, and Boo-Boo.

CORI

Cori joined our team in 2009  with a background in marine mammal training at the New England Aquarium in Boston, and several years experience as a licensed veterinary technician and canine physical therapy technician in VA and MA.  She and her husband Jesse are busy with three active children and a dog named Marley. She works part time in our office and also manages our hospital inventory.

CHRISTIE

Christie has worked in the veterinary field since 1988, and she has been a team member at Shoreline Animal Hospital since 2003!  She became certified as a Veterinary Technician in 2007.   She has a dog named Fozzi, and a cat named Pakora.  She recently started her own business handcrafting wire sculptures and jewelry, and in her spare time helps run a non-profit organization to benefit Veterans.