Patricia Cairns, DVM — Co-Chief of Staff
A general practitioner at Norwell Veterinary Hospital since 1998, Dr. Patricia Cairns is now our Co-Chief of Staff. Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, she completed her undergraduate education at C.W. Post College and received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Chemistry in 1985. She continued her education at Cornell University New York State College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. Her professional interests include internal medicine, dentistry, soft-tissue surgery and dermatology.
When she's not at the hospital, Dr. Cairns loves spending time outdoors and can usually be found hiking, kayaking, camping and skiing in the winter. She and her husband, Darren Baker, a biochemist, have three children, Cameron, Jacqui and Graeme. Their family also includes Colby, a sweet black lab.
Tracey Kelleher, DVM — Co-Chief of Staff
Dr. Kelleher has cared for pets at Norwell Veterinary Hospital since 1994, and is now our Co- Chief of Staff. She completed her undergraduate studies at Cornell University in 1983 and then continued her veterinary education at the Cornell University New York State College of Veterinary Medicine. She was awarded her DVM degree in 1987.
Dr. Kelleher is particularly interested in dermatology, internal medicine, geriatric medicine and nutrition. She is very excited about using Norwell's Therapeutic Laser and looks forward to seeing her patients benefit from the extensive applications of photobiomodulation ranging from pain relief to wound healing. Dr. Kelleher enjoys working with her fabulous team at Norwell Veterinary Hospital and takes pride in being able to provide a high quality of care to her clients and patients.
Outside of work, Dr. Kelleher stays fit by running, biking and hiking with her two Labs Georgie and Lily. She and her husband and two adult daughters also enjoy spending time together on the water in the summer and skiing in the winter. The newest members of the Kelleher family are two adorable cats named Maisey and Mackerel who were found abandoned as kittens and bottle fed by the staff at Norwell.
Maria Sullivan, DVM
Dr. Sullivan joined Norwell Veterinary Hospital in 2011. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire in 2003 and then completed her veterinary studies at Tufts University, earning her DVM degree in 2010. Dr. Sullivan then moved to Brooklyn, New York, to complete a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Veterinary Emergency and Referral group.
Dr. Sullivan has known she wanted to be a veterinarian since childhood. She has been working in animal hospitals since she was in high school and was a veterinary technician for several years before attending veterinary school at Tufts. Dr. Sullivan’s professional interests include management of complex chronic issues such as kidney disease, thyroid disease, autoimmune diseases, and diabetes. Dr Sullivan also has a strong interest in emergency and critical care as well as management of chronic pain in animals.
In her spare time, Dr. Sullivan and her husband spend their time chasing around their three young children. Her family also includes their Labrador Luna and their cat Lollipop.
Heidi Sutcliffe, DVM
Dr. Sutcliffe is a veterinarian at Norwell Veterinary Hospital, joining us in July 2011. She studied at the University of Delaware, receiving her undergraduate degree in 2006, and then went on to earn her DVM degree in 2010 from Atlantic Veterinary College (University of Prince Edward Island). She completed a 13 month internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in Weymouth before joining our team.
Dr. Sutcliffe is interested in internal medicine, exotic animal medicine, and senior pet wellness. She has really enjoyed developing long term relationships with her clients and their companions! Outside of work, Dr. Sutcliffe enjoys traveling (especially places off the beaten path), photography, anything outdoors, and volunteering for community service in and around the Boston area. Her long term aspiration is to devote time to Vets Without Borders. She also loves spending time with her sweet beagle, Betty Boop!
Katherine C. Horigan, DVM
Dr. KC Horigan joined our NVH family in 2015. She is a Scituate native who is thrilled to be back near her hometown! Dr. Horigan attended undergrad at Lafayette College, completed her Master's degree at the University of Vermont, and went on to attain her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University.
Dr. Horigan’s favorite part of veterinary medicine is the field of pain management; this often includes designing a plan to keep your arthritic pet comfortable as they continue to age. This passion lead to her recent certification in Veterinary Acupuncture and training in Laser Therapy. Her other interests include behavior, dermatology, surgery, and dentistry.
Married to another vet, Dr. Horigan and her husband have found that their hearts have tripled in size since the birth of their tiny human. She also loves laughing, gardening, biking, pottery, and reading. Additionally, she enjoys spending her time with her pets: a rescue mutt named Kiva, Pout-Pout (her Betta fish), and one cantankerous pot-belly pig named Pink Floyd!
Dr. KC Horigan is so excited to meet you and your pets.