Veterinarian Keith Schoen wants your dog or cat to feel at home. He wants you to feel at home. He spent more than seven months preparing Hill & Harbour Veterinary Center so it would be just right for East Greenwich.
With plenty of easy parking (on Main Street, no less), bright and tidy offices, and a generous dose of enthusiam, Hill & Harbour is looking to make a nitch in a town that has two other vets (Greenwich Bay Animal Hospital and EG Animal Hospital), as well as Ocean State Veterinary Specialists (an emergency hospital).
The center, at 500 Main Street (next to Back to Basics), opened in mid-March.
"I wanted to create a space where, when you come in with a problem, we can solve it," said Schoen. "We wanted to keep everything in-house because people have a relationship with their doctor, they have a relationship with Amy. But if we need to, we have those relationships with some great doctors and great specialists."
Amy is Amy Martunas, one of two veterinary technicians who work at Hill & Harbour.
Schoen is from New York but came to Rhode Island after he finished his general veterinary training to pursue further surgical training.
"My passion is surgery, I ended up doing a surgical internship over at Ocean State, just down the road," Schoen said. "That means we have the capability to do the routine mass removals, spays and neuters, we can also do orthopedics and some major surgeries."
He picked East Greenwich because he got to know it while at Ocean State.
"When I was doing my surgical internship, we were living in West Warwick but going into East Greenwich," he said. "It's an nice town. The people are so friendly. It just seemed like a great fit for a hospital that's really trying to practice cutting edge medicine and for people who are looking for top-notch customer service."
For now, the center sees only cats and dogs. But Schoen said they may expand after they get settled. The idea is to get really good at treating dogs and cats first.
"We're a general medicine practice," he said, "but hopefully we're going to go that extra step."