After 32 years in business, the Powder Ridge Veterinary Hospital in Middlefield has changed hands.
Dr. Lawrence Brooks sold his practice to an employee, Dr. Blaire Michael, and her husband, James Fasano, in December of 2018.
“I’d worked here for about 10 years part-time, and it was a great location and its got great clientele that are super dedicated to their pets,” Michael said. “[Dr. Brooks] was hoping to keep it a family-run business and not some corporation. So it was sort of a perfect fit that came together.”
For Michael, this move was something of a dream come true.
“I’ve always loved animals and there was never any other path that I could think about going down,” she said. “I never wanted to be a ballerina or an astronaut or a fireman. I was always going to be a veterinarian.”
At the moment, Powder Ridge Veterinary Hospital has 10 staff members and two permanent doctors, with another arriving in August.
Michael said her husband is a large part of the practice. Fasano is the facilities manager, taking care of landscaping, painting and general maintenance.
Looking down the road, Michael said “My dream would be to have three to three-and-a-half veterinarians that are permanent fixtures and to have more exam rooms and better parking so that the client experience is you go in and you go to an exam room and you’re there from more or less the time you walk in the door. That, I think, would be a really great thing for the clients and for the pets. And that’s kind of where I see the practice going.”
In a letter to the Town Times announcing that Powder Ridge Veterinary Hospital had changed hands, Brooks recalled buying the plot of land where the hospital now sits, in 1986, from his neighbor and World War II veteran Bob Malcolm.
Brooks went on to state, “Most importantly, I thank all of you, those clients who have trusted me throughout the years, for giving me the honor of caring for your beloved creatures. It is a responsibility I take most seriously and I have been humbled by the confidence you have shown me.”