Meet the Team

Our Doctors

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Dr. Blaire L. Michael

From a young age, Dr. Michael always aspired to become a veterinarian. She attended Colgate University where she graduated with a degree in biology. As an undergraduate, Dr. Michael externed at the National Institutes of Health non-human primate facility where she provided veterinary care and obtained research data on various species of monkeys. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine in 2000, Dr. Michael moved to Connecticut where she worked in both general day practice and 24 hour emergency referral hospitals. After 8 years as an associate veterinarian at Powder Ridge, Dr. Michael purchased the practice in December 2018.

Dr. Michael looks forward to continuing the mission Dr. Brooks started by providing excellent patient care to the families and pets of the Powder Ridge Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Michael shares her life with her husband, their 4 children and numerous 4 legged friends.

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Dr. Anne Falbowski

Dr. Anne Falbowski grew up in Haddam, CT with a love of animals from a very young age. She was first inspired by a guinea pig to become a veterinarian. She worked in emergency medicine for over 3 years while developing a special interest in dentistry for her canine and feline patients.

She enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and gardening. Dr. Falbowski currently has 2 dogs, Daisy and Pugzilla, 3 cats; Professor Snacks, Vasya, and Cthala and 6 guinea pigs.

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Dr. Mark Albin

Dr. Mark Albin graduated from Cornell University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences and received his DVM from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. Following school, Dr. Albin completed a rotating internship in Rochester, NY at Veterinary Specialists of Rochester. Dr. Albin has practiced in Middlesex county since 1995.  He thoroughly enjoys the relationships that he has formed with families through his work over the years. Since 2017, Dr. Albin has been an adjunct professor at Middlesex Community College, teaching classes in the Veterinary Technician program. The ability to educate clients about caring for their pets and teaching students through hands-on experience are the highlights of Dr. Albin’s work.

Dr. Albin is member of the AVMA, CVMA, New Haven VMA and Hartford County VMA. In the past, he has been member of the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Humane Society’s Fox Memorial Clinic as well as a member of the curriculum committee for the Middlesex Community College Veterinary Assistant program.

Our Staff

Deb Valvo </br> Veterinary Technician  photo

Deb Valvo
Veterinary Technician

Deb has been a veterinary technician since 1973 and has worked for PRVH for 31 years. She is married with one child and one grandchild. When she is not at the clinic she loves to go hiking, letterboxing, gardening, and photography. She raised and showed English Springer Spaniels and showed Appaloosa Horses.

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Jennifer Brown

Jennifer has worked for PRVH since 2007. In her free time she likes to hike with her dogs, paint, and vacuum.

Corine DeFrancesco </br> CVTA, Veterinary Technician  photo

Corine DeFrancesco
CVTA, Veterinary Technician

Corine has worked for PRVH since 2010. She has three children, dogs, cats, horses, and goats.

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Shane A. Kichard
Veterinary Technician

With nearly 15 years within the Veterinary Field, Shane adds a wealth of knowledge to our support team. From day practice to emergency and a number of specialties, Shane has had many experiences professionally. In his spare time he practices a diverse set of hobbies. From fitness, rally cars, sculpting, foraging, archery, osteology, mycology, and practicing sustainability to name a few, Shane keeps rather busy!

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Corinne Vicenzo
Veterinary Technician

Corinne has been in the Veterinary field for quite a few years. She has an extreme passion of loving and helping all animals. As a little girl she was always bringing home strays and of course her mom was sometimes not very happy. But she knew how much love she has to save all animals. She feels very blessed to be a Veterinary Technician. She and her husband, Roger, have two dogs (Kayla & Emma) and three cats (Bruce, Rosie, and Tiggie). They truly enjoy spending their free time with all their fur babies!

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Kate Zarbo

Kate joined the PRVH team in January 2019. She started in the veterinary field in 2009 and gained experience in both small animal and equestrian medicine. When not working at our hospital, Kate works as an EMT in Hartford. She also competes in Schutzhund (protection, obedience and tracking) with her male German Shepherd. Kate and her female German Shepherd, Rogue, are members of the CT Task Force 1 as a K9 and medical search team.

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Karen Gee

Karen has been working in the veterinary field for over 30 years. Her vast sum of knowledge and experience is a welcomed addition to our Powder Ridge family. Karen is a dedicated mother, wife and friend who enjoys Science Fiction literature and cinema. She also shares her life with 2 dogs and a cat.

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Sarah majored in Business Management at The University of Connecticut, however, she spent a lot of her time on the other side of campus working at The Kellogg Dairy Center and participating in the UConn Dairy Club. She joined the veterinary field after graduation in 2005. While animals are her greatest passion, she does also enjoy a number of other activities. When she’s not at work or spending time with her animals, she enjoys gardening, scrapbooking, painting, and traveling.

Caitlin Footit</br> Veterinary Technician photo

Caitlin Footit
Veterinary Technician

Caitlin joined PRVH after a long stint in emergency and specialized veterinary medicine. She started her career in high school at the age of 16 and hasn't stopped since. Caitlin works with dogs in many aspects from rescue efforts, training, showing and AKC/UKC confirmation. She is owned by a human child Carl, dog Tego , lots of fish, and whatever foster she has at the moment!

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Olivia Perreira

Olivia has worked for PRVH for the past two summers. She is currently enrolled at Ohio State University. She has aspirations to be a Veterinarian someday. 

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Taylor Wallace

Taylor is a High School student currently keeping busy helping PRVH during the summer. 

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Zachary Albin

Zachary started working at PRVH in May of 2020. He is currently in college and is working towards being a Veterinarian just like his father.

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Julie Dessin

Julie decided at the young age of seven that she was meant to work with animals. She attended Mount Ida College and achieved a degree in Veterinary Technology in 1995. After working in the world of wildlife and aquatics she left the field in order to raise her daughter, followed a few years later by her son.  Animals have always been her passion, currently being a mom caregiver of 4 cats (Cinia, Caspian, Clipsie & Autumn), a rabbit (Mr. Nibs), and several Betta fish. In her free time, she enjoys reading, beach days, nature walks, gathering around the firepit, grooming horses, and occasionally fostering kittens. She has worked as an Assistant Manager of a retail pet supply store for the last several years and has finally returned home to veterinary care.      

Margo Cuppett </br>Veterinary Technician Assistant photo

Margo Cuppett
Veterinary Technician Assistant

Margo is a recent graduate of Animal Behavior College. She comes to us after working for 30 years in OB-GYN, to follow her passion for taking care of animals.  She has a son, Evan, who is in college. In her spare time, she enjoys playing Yahtzee. 

Powder Ridge Veterinary Hospital

375 Baileyville Road

Middlefield, CT 06455

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Monday 8:00am - 5:30pm

Tuesday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Wednesday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Thursday 8:00am - 5:30pm

Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday 8:00am - 12:00pm

Sunday Closed