Meet your Veterinarians


Dr. Nicole Fortin

Education: Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and Saint George's School of Veterinary Medicine

Nicole Fortin founded Back Cove Animal Hospital with her husband Matthew in 2019. Nicole graduated from St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical training at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine and her undergraduate degree at the University of Richmond. Nicole grew up in New Jersey but has traveled extensively before settling in Maine. Her special veterinary interests include geriatric care and internal medicine. Nicole enjoys riding horses, and loves yoga and hiking with Bowie, her Chinese Crested and Atticus, her Newfoundland. Nicole and Matthew live in Portland.


Dr. Matthew Fortin

Education: Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Having worked as a relief veterinarian throughout Southern Maine, Matthew is excited to be working with Nicole at their own practice! Matthew graduated from Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine and completed his undergraduate degree at Colgate University.  He is originally from Connecticut, and always loved visiting family and friends in Maine while growing up.  He has volunteered extensively with numerous humane and shelter organizations. His special veterinary interests include pain management and ultrasound. Matthew enjoys skiing, mountain biking, sailing, SCUBA diving and hiking Maine's beautiful wilderness. He also loves caring for his two Guinea Pigs, Louis and Jerry. Give Matt a honk if you see him biking to work from their home in the Back Cove!

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Dr. Neena Golden

Education: Oregon State University and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Neena Golden is a graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical year at Oregon State University. She received her Bachelor's degree at University of New Haven in Biology. She grew up in Connecticut but started the first four years of her career in Vermont.  In practice, Dr. Golden has developed a passion for soft tissue surgery and really enjoys foreign body/intestinal surgery the most. She also spent two years doing emergency/critical care where she further advanced her skill set. One heartfelt story you can find is a CNN article about a dog that she helped during her time in Oregon. She was doing an externship at Dove Lewis in Portland, OR and saved a dog who was just minutes away from euthanasia, solving a mystery diagnosis of "tick paralysis". Her goal as a doctor is to offer the best standard of care for both the animal and owners while building a client doctor relationship along the way.
Her fur family includes of two cats named Milo and Maple, and three dogs: a Great Dane named Moose, a Doberman named Diesel and a Lab mix named Koda.  Maple, the newest addition- is a tiny adventure cat that goes outdoors on any activity we can go in her backpack. She also has tons of fish in her 2 freshwater tanks. In her free time she enjoys camping, cooking and fishing.

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Dr. Alex Zanetti

Education: Michigan State University's School of Veterinary Medicine

Alexander Zanetti graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and previously workd at a small private practice in Western Michigan. He grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where he worked as a veterinary assistant in Cleveland Heights and volunteered at the Cleveland Animal Protective League. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York where he met his wife Sara who is very happy to be moving back to the East Coast. They have been coming to Maine to visit family for many years and are very excited to settle here. His professional interests include behavior, nutrition and dermatology. In his free time Alex enjoys cooking, reading, and regular trips to the park with his spoiled rescue dog Penny.

Meet your Veterinary Team



Client Care Lead

Although Alanna only joined the Back Cove team in February 2021, she has been working in the veterinary industry for seven years, primarily at emergency and specialty veterinary hospitals. While Alanna has her master’s degree in clinical social work, she has truly fallen in love with veterinary medicine and the adorable patients she is fortunate enough to meet on a daily basis. When she is not working, Alanna loves to spend time curled up on her couch, watching a movie, with her incredibly sweet and forever goofy rescue kiddo named Louka. Alanna is delighted to join the Back Cove family and is grateful to be able to work with the wonderful members of our community and their four-legged family members!  

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Veterinary Technician

Richele earned her LVT in 2018 after graduating from UMA-Bangor. She also has a degree in biological anthropology. In her spare time, Richele enjoys traveling with her husband, hiking with her Plott hound, Molly, and watching TV with her cat, Smoak.



Veterinary Assistant

Tori is originally from Maine but has lived in North Carolina for the past two years. She has always loved animals and the work she has done in veterinary medicine thus far has only assured her that the path she has chosen is exactly what she wants to do with her life. At home she is kept busy with many family friends including a cat named CeCe, a dog named Shea, a green-winged macaw named Duke, and two more recent additions to the family - Addie, the spoiled princess puppy, and Blitz the bearded dragon. 


Veterinary Technician

Leann has been a veterinary technician for over 15 years. She is originally from Massachusetts, she first got started in the veterinary field when she was in high school through the veterinary explorer's program. She attended Southern Vermont College. She worked for a 24-hour general practice/emergency hospital in the Berkshires, she remained there for 12 years. When she moved to Maine in 2016 she worked in both specialty hospitals and general medicine. She also has a background in human medicine and also has her certification in phlebotomy. She resides in Portland with her Basset Hound named Grace and her fiance . In her free time, you can find her at the beach either fishing or taking Grace on her adventures.

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Team Manager

Morgan grew up in Downeast Maine where she enjoyed hiking in Acadia and spending summers on the lake. She attended the University of Maine in Orono where she earned a bachelor’s degree in ecology and environmental science. Morgan has always loved animals and spent the last four years working in animal sheltering, most recently at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. Morgan currently lives in Gorham with her husband, three dogs and three cats. In Morgan’s free time, she enjoys volunteering at a wildlife rehabilitation center. 



Client Care

Abbie grew up in Scarborough and now lives in Old Orchard. She has a passion for animals and plans to further her knowledge at York County Community College to become a veterinary technician. She loves being outdoors and camping with her friends and family. Abbie has two cats, Oliver and Boots, and a lovable yet crazy dog named Beau. 



Client Care

Megan is a Maine local, she grew up in Fryeburg Maine and has known her love for animals since she was just a little girl. She has spent the last 5 years working in the veterinary field and plans to continue working in and learning about veterinary medicine in the future! She has experience dog sitting and dog walking as well.

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Alissa was born and raised in Upstate New York where she was always surrounded by animals (mostly dogs and horses). She began her animal care career working for a vet clinic in her small hometown while in high school. In 2014, Alissa moved to Columbus, Ohio where she took a chance and accepted a grooming assistant position at a local animal hospital. This quickly sparked her interest in the grooming world and led to an apprenticeship with a certified groomer. Alissa finds the most rewarding aspect of grooming to be getting to help pets not only look their best but more importantly, feel their best. She is excited to begin grooming at Back Cove Animal Hospital to further her education in pet health and fear-free grooming. Alissa shares her home with her boyfriend Nathan and two sweet rescues; a torty cat, Thelma and energetic cattle dog mix, Maddie. In her free time Alissa enjoys exploring the beautiful coast and mountains of Maine, travelling to visit family and friends, yoga and supporting local craft breweries.

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Clinic Cat

Kevin came to us from the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. Kevin loves laying the in sun, playing with feather toys, watching The Office and greeting new patients. Come on in and meet Kevin!