Michael Bukowski DVM Practice Owner (with "Dash")

Hello, and thank you for considering the Down Maine Veterinary Clinic for your pet's healthcare needs! For the better part of two decades, I have had the honor and privilege of being able to help the people of Sanford and Southern York County care for their pets. I strive to treat every client and patient with the due diligence and respect that I afford my own family and pets. I also expect nothing less from my staff.

I enjoy all aspects of the general practice of veterinary medicine and surgery and find it most rewarding that being a veterinarian allows me to combine the great human invention of science with the great human virtue of compassion. I do my utmost to ensure that the procedures and therapies chosen for my patients are supported by the best available evidence and technology.

I am a 1988 graduate of Colby College and a 1992 Graduate of the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. It was at Colby where I acquired my affection for the State of Maine and its people. Eager to return to the state I love, in June of 1992 I was hired to work at the DMVC as an associate veterinarian by Dr David Spahn and the late Dr William "Jack" Holt. Under their tutelage I developed my strong work ethic and learned the art of veterinary medicine. In January of 1997, I became a partner and in December of 2011 acquired the practice and property outright, allowing Dr Spahn to enter a well-deserved semi-retirement.

I reside in Portland, with my wife Emily (see Dr Thall below), our four children: Grace, Henry, Nathan and Rose and our two dogs: Dashiell, a Doberman, and Truffles, a rescue terrier. We also enjoy the company of four cats Ginger, Triscuit, Queenie, and Oliver. When not working I enjoy spending time with my family, relaxing on Cliff Island in Casco Bay, snowboarding up at Sunday River, mountain biking or enjoying the many fine restaurants that Portland has to offer.

Thanks again for considering the DMVC!

David M Spahn DVM


Dr. Spahn started his career in veterinary medicine at an early age working at Mara Animal Hospital while in high school on Long Island, NY. He went on to graduate with high honors from Iowa State University in 1975.The first year after graduation, Dr. Spahn practiced on Long Island. In 1976, he moved to Sanford where he continues to practice today. Professionally he is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, The American Animal Hospital Association, and the Maine Veterinary Medical Association.
While Dr. Spahn enjoys all areas of veterinary medicine, he has special interest in surgery, dermatology and otology (ear problems). Most of all he treasures the relationships he has developed with his patients and clients.

He makes his home in Acton and has been active in the community for many years. He and his wife Diana have two sons, one living in southern California and another living in south Florida. Starting in 2012, Dr Spahn entered a new phase in his professional life. He is now semi-retired, allowing him to continue to practice Veterinary Medicine and also pursue some of his lifelong dreams. Summers he will continue practice at the Down Maine Veterinary Clinic and winters he will be cruising on his sail boat somewhere in the Caribbean.

Emily Thall DVM (with "Truffles")

Dr. Thall has been working at the Down Maine Veterinary Clinic since 1999. Her love of animals began as a child growing up with dogs, cats, horses, goats, chickens and a pet iguana, splitting her time between Long Island and a farm in Upstate, NY.
After graduating from Smith College in Massachusetts, she earned her DVM from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. Having spent many family vacations here, as well as a summer at Shoals Marine Laboratory, on Appledore Island, Maine became her home in 1995. 
She began working at the Down Maine Veterinary Clinic after her first daughter was born. Now the mother of four children, she is happy to continue working part time.  She loves to meet new pets and the people who love them and help them with their preventative health care needs. 
She especially enjoys working with the wonderful staff at the Down Maine Veterinary Clinic. 
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, skiing, playing board games, reading, and being on Cliff Island in Casco Bay.

Tatiana Nikitas DVM (with "Fritz")

Dr Nikitas is originally from Western Massachusetts. She attended Syracuse University for her undergraduate degrees in Biology and French. She received her veterinary degree from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Veterinary Medicine and preventive care are incredibly important to her, as is strengthening the human-animal bond through education and discussion. A lifelong New Englander, she greatly enjoys living in Southern Maine. She is an avid lover of the Arts and Music scene, a year-round beach-walker and a fairly good downhill skier. She is hoping to tackle snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and possibly even skijoring! Her other hobbies include knitting and gardening. She shares her life with her husband, her step-daughter and two mutts named Cosmo and Kramer and three old cats named Otis, Olivia and Froid and one young trouble-maker cat named Fritz.

Tim Harmon DVM (with "Molly")

Tim Harmon is a Kansas native that has veterinary medicine in his blood. His love for animals started very early in his parent’s veterinary hospital where both his mom, Cathy and dad, Gary were veterinarians. Tim loved exploring the practice as a child, playing with his favorite clinic cat Peanut Butter and going on farm calls with his dad to check cattle and horses. In college Tim studied and received a Bachelors degree in German Literature and spent several years living and studying in Germany. In 2005 he received his DVM from Kansas State University College of Veterinary medicine. He has a strong focus in pain management and patient care.  

Tim lives with his wife Lindsey and daughter Amelia on a small farm where they raise chickens and geese.  They have Great Pyrenees that work as livestock guardian dogs and a few house dogs and several lovely felines that keep life interesting indoors. Two horses grace their back pasture. He enjoys tinkering on his future airplane engine, reading and cooking. His current endeavor is to learn to bake the perfect pie.

Office Manager Debbie Littlefield (with  "Cricket")

Support Staff:

Laboratory Assistant Samantha Nash (with "Brandi)

Michelle Bellanger Groomer/Veterinary Assistant (with "Reese and Celtic")

Kortney Bataran Surgical Assistant (with "Jazzy, Ace and Tobey"

Laurie Ballard Receptionist (with "Dudley")

Joyce Stone Grooming Assistant (with "Hannah")

Tammy Dufort receptionist (with" Dewey" and "Zoe")


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89 Country Club Rd
Sanford, ME 04073
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