Dr. Holly MacLea is a native of Pottsville, Pennsylvania. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of New Hampshire in 2000. She spent several years working as a research assistant at Dartmouth Medical School prior to attending veterinary school at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation in 2007, she completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA Newark Animal Hospital in Delaware followed by a specialty internship in internal medicine and emergency and critical care at VCA Veterinary Specialty Center of Indiana. Realizing a passion for cardiology, she went on to complete a 3-year residency program in cardiology at Colorado State University while also obtaining a masters degree in clinical sciences. Following completion of her training in 2012, Dr. MacLea worked as a staff cardiologist at VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists in Portland, OR for 2 years prior to returning back to the east coast and New England to be closer to family. Most recently she was a staff cardiologist at VCA CAVES in Concord, NH.
Dr. MacLea was excited to join the team at Port City. Special interests in cardiology include management of all stages of congestive heart failure, degenerative mitral valve disease, echocardiography, and congenital heart disease. She is trained in minimally-invasive surgical techniques (transvenous pacemaker implantation, patent ductus arteriosus occlusion, balloon valvuloplasty) and is hoping one day to bring these interventional techniques to her patients at Port City and the seacoast area. Dr. MacLea is especially committed to not only working with animals but with their owners and believes that good client education is essential to providing the best care for her patients to allow them to live longer and happier lives with their heart disease.
Aside from veterinary cardiology, Dr. MacLea enjoys the adventure of raising her twins, any and all outdoor activities, baking, and being crafty. In addition she loves spending time with her adorable miniature, longhaired dachshunds Gunter and Klaus and her husband Kyle (also adorable).