Nellie Savage, DVM — Chief of Staff
Dr. Nellie Savage, our Chief of Staff, grew up in Southwest Harbor, Maine. It was here that she gained an appreciation for the life this amazing state has to offer. After attending Middlebury College in Vermont, Dr. Savage spent four years experiencing life in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She came back East to attend veterinary school at Tufts University and shortly thereafter moved back up to Maine. Dr. Savage is thrilled to be back home where she belongs. She happily lives in South Portland with her wonderful husband Nathan and their beautiful triplet daughters, Reese, Maizie and Charlie. Also sharing in all the love are two Labrador retrievers, Wakefield and Gibson, and one frisky cat, Wall-E.
When not in the clinic, Dr. Savage enjoys outdoor activities such as gardening, biking, vacationing to family retreats, and pretty much anything that involves spending time with her family. Dr. Savage's love for animals led her to this profession, but it is her commitment to both the animals and their owners to offer the best medicine, surgery, advice, and emotional support that makes her the veterinarian that she is today. She understands that there are both good and bad moments in our pets' lives and she wants to be there for all of them.
Antoinette O'Hara, BVSc, MRCVS
David Gurzak, DVM
Dr. David Gurzak grew up in Buffalo, NY and currently lives here in Portland. He attended the State University of New York at Geneseo for his undergraduate degree, and Cornell University for his veterinary degree. Before joining the Brackett Street Veterinary team in 2016, he practiced at other veterinary hospitals in Carbondale, CO and Buffalo, NY.
Dr. Gurzak's veterinary interests include preventative medicine, soft tissue surgery, and emergency care. His personal interests include reading, hiking, running, biking, camping and traveling. At home he has a lab/hound mix named Stanley, and an orange tabby cat named Sam.
Kate Ferrell, BVetMed, MRCVS
Dr. Kate Ferrell joined the team at Brackett Street in June 2016. She was excited to return to the Portland area to practice veterinary medicine after growing up on an island in Casco Bay.
Following completion of her undergraduate studies at New York University, Dr. Ferrell returned to Maine and worked as an assistant at a veterinary referral hospital where she gained invaluable experience. With the support and encouragement of family and friends, Dr. Ferrell moved to England with her husband and their beagle, Homer, to pursue training at the Royal Veterinary College. Five years later, she returned to the United States with her veterinary degree and family, which has expanded to include a son.
Mark House, DVM, ACVS
Dr. Mark House is a board-certified surgeon available to Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic clients for complex surgeries such as orthopedic and soft tissue. He earned his DVM degree at the Ontario Veterinary College in 2004. As he endeavored to become a veterinary surgeon at a young age, he sought further training to one day become a specialist.
From 2004-2005, Dr. House attended the Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital to complete a one-year general internship program. Then he moved to Long Island, NY where he completed a one-year surgery internship program at Long Island Veterinary Specialists (LIVS). LIVS is a very busy private hospital which offers further training including a residency program. Dr. House remained at LIVS for three more years where he focused solely on small animal surgery to gain valuable skills including knowledge of various soft tissue, orthopedic and neurologic procedures.