Critical Care Department
Meghan E. Vaught DVM, DACVECC
Dr. Vaught obtained her doctorate from St. George University in May 2013 after completing her clinical rotations at the University of Pennsylvania. In June 2014, she completed a small animal rotating internship at Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment and Specialties hospital. Dr. Vaught completed a three-year Emergency and Critical Care Residency at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 2017. Later that year, she earned board certification as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.
Dr. Vaught’s clinical and research interests include but are not limited to respiratory disease/mechanical ventilation, sepsis, polytrauma and severe acid/base or electrolyte disorders. Dr Vaught’s priority is to provide the highest quality of care and medicine to each patient and their family. In her free time, Dr. Vaught enjoys spending time with her husband, their young daughter and their two cats.
Amy Bell, DVM, DACVECC (Photo Coming Soon)
Dr. Bell obtained her undergraduate degree in biology from Arizona State University in 2011 and earned a DVM from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2015. She went on to complete a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego, CA, followed by a three-year emergency and critical care residency at Tufts University in Massachusetts. She completed a residency in 2019 and earned board certification the same year as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.
Prior to joining us in October 2020, Dr. Bell worked as a critical care specialist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Bell’s clinical and research interests include transfusion medicine, coagulation, acute kidney injury and sepsis. Dr. Bell believes in a team approach and does her best to help families understand and manage their beloved pets’ conditions.
In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, travel, cooking, and wine tasting. She also enjoys spending time with her family and their pets, including 9-year-old Shepherd mix, Molly Jane, 3-year-old Great Dane, Oberon, and 17-year-old kitty, Cannoli.
Kimberly Oparil, DVM, DACVECC (Photo Coming Soon)
Dr. Oparil obtained her undergraduate degree in biopsychology and child development from Tufts University in 2010 and a DVM in 2014. Following veterinary school, Dr. Oparil completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Angell Memorial in Boston. Dr Oparil then completed a three-year residency in emergency and critical care medicine and earned board certification the same year as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Dr. Oparil worked as a critical care specialist in California prior to joining MVMC in 2020.
Dr. Oparil’s clinical and research interests include sepsis, trauma, and mechanical ventilation. She also has a strong interest in shelter medicine. She loves the fast-paced nature and holistic approach to the patient that emergency and critical care medicine entails. Dr. Oparil prides herself in providing patients with the highest quality of care and medicine.
In her free time, Dr. Oparil likes to read, cook and hike with her wife and two dogs, a Great Dane and an island mixed breed. She also enjoys snuggling her diabetic cat.
Kathryn Benavides, DVM, DACVECC
Dr. Benavides obtained her undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University before pursuing her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University where she first developed her interest in Emergency Medicine following her ER rotations. Her desire to pursue a specialty in Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) was solidified under her mentorship during her small animal rotating internship at Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Services in Rochester, NY and the following year she began a three-year residency in ECC at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in the latter part of 2018.
Dr. Benavides returned to VSES in Rochester following residency before joining the team at MVMC in the summer of 2021 where she enjoys the collaborative work of all specialty teams in the hospital to help provide the best possible care to our patients. Her areas of interest include sepsis and acute abdominal disease, heart failure and cardiac arrhythmias, and acute kidney injury.
Outside of work, Dr. Benavides is an avid crafter, primarily spinning wool into yarn, knitting, and quilting which she took up during her residency. She is excited to explore the hiking that Maine has to offer and to get to spend more quality time with her zoo of animals – 4 cats (Olive, Oscar, Odessa, and Orylee) and 3 dogs (Osa, Ophelia, and Olivander) – as well as her boyfriend of over a decade.
Mary D’Ambrosio, DVM, DACVECC
Dr. Mary D’Ambrosio graduated from the University of Missouri where she obtained both her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science as well as her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation from veterinary school, she moved to South Florida to complete a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Rotating Internship at Coral Springs Animal Hospital. She worked at Coral Springs Animal Hospital for 3 years in both the General Practice and Emergency Services before deciding to pursue a career as an Emergency and Critical Care Specialist.
Dr. D’Ambrosio moved back to Missouri and completed a residency in Emergency and Critical Care at the University of Missouri, achieving Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.
Dr. D’Ambrosio enjoys all aspects of Critical Care, in particular polytrauma, neonatal care, transfusion medicine and sepsis. She recently completed ultrasound training at The Sound Academy of Veterinary Imaging and enjoys incorporating ultrasound into her critical care skill set. Her goal is to ensure that clients can rest easy knowing that their pets are being treated like her own family, especially during the most crucial times.
Outside of work Dr. D’Ambrosio enjoys spending time with her husband Joe, daughter Olivia, dogs Newton and Bernie, cats Tiger Chip, Cheddar Chip and Smokey and Saddlebred Tucker on their farm in Maine. Her favorite activities include hiking, crafting, reading and playing violin.