Meet your Veterinarians

Meet your Veterinary Team


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.




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. 


Customer 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. 

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.


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!


Veterinary Technician

Lindsey grew up in Yarmouth and now lives in New Gloucester. She graduated from Becker College with her associates and bachelors and got her Tech license right after graduation. Her interests in the field include surgery and internal medicine. In her free time she likes to spend time outside with her boyfriend, Labrador named Gus and her chickens. When not outside she spends her free time making jewelry for her Etsy site. 


Veterinary Assistant

Claire is originally from Seattle but made her way to Maine to attend Bowdoin College where she earned her bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry. Her journey to animal medicine began with several seasons of wildlife rehabilitation and shifted to domestic animals after she began working in the animal shelter world. She recently moved to Portland and lives there with her two cats. In her free time, she enjoys running, sailing, hiking, and exploring Maine.  


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. 

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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