Elyse Olechnowicz, DVM — Chief of Staff
Dr. O is the Chief of Staff at Sakonnet Veterinary Hospital in Tiverton, RI. She is a 2015 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, Dr. O completed an internship in medicine and surgery at the Tufts Foster Hospital for Small Animals, and began a residency in Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City.
Kenneth E. Rix, VMD
Dr. Kenneth Rix founded Sakonnet Veterinary Hospital with Dr. William Condon in 1972. Together, they pursued a vision to provide quality medical and surgical care for pets in a compassionate environment. He combines his talents with his five veterinary colleagues to provide the best possible advice, preventive care, and treatment for your pets.
Dr. Rix is a past president of the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association (RIVMA) and the New England Veterinary Medical Association. He has a special interest in internal medicine, endocrinology and dermatology.
Maria G. Reinhardt, VMD
Dr. Maria Reinhardt joined our staff in 1999 after running her own successful veterinary practice in New Jersey for fifteen years. She is known for her holistic approach, often supplementing traditional treatment with alternative modalities of care such as herbal and homeopathic remedies. Over the years, she has also developed a special interest in the medical and surgical treatment of ears.
Dr. Reinhardt was born in the Azores and speaks Portuguese fluently. Today, she is a resident of Bristol, Rhode Island, where she lives with two dogs, a Standard Poodle named Meme and a Bichon named Chloe, and two cats, Alice and Jack. Outside the hospital, Dr. Reinhardt enjoys yoga, gardening, reading, traveling, and being Mom for her two adult children.
Peter B. Belinsky, VMD
Dr. Peter Belinsky attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with Drs. William Condon and Kenneth Rix. In 2005, he joined our staff after practicing in Providence for 35 years with his father. Dr. Belinisky is also the Assistant Public Health Veterinarian in Rhode Island, a position he has held for several years.
When not working at Sakonnet Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Belinsky is responsible for the health of animals coming in and out of the state — monitoring infectious diseases and overseeing animal shelters, pet stores, and kennels. He enjoys the diversity of his work, knowing he is making a contribution to animal health at both the state level and one-on-one.
Hannah Thomas, BVetMed
Dr. Hannah Thomas grew up in New Jersey and currently resides in Newport, Rhode Island. She received an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, Cook College and earned a BVetMed degree from the Royal Veterinary College in London, UK. Prior to joining the Sakonnet Veterinary Hospital team, Dr. Thomas practiced emergency medicine in Pennsylvania and completed an internship program for Ocean State Veterinary Specialists. Her special interests include neurology, oncology, and clinical pathology.
In her spare time, Dr. Thomas enjoys cycling, swimming, and travelling. She also shares her home with her dog, an Australian Shepherd named Dempsey.
Elizabeth Middleton, DVM
Dr. Elizabeth Middleton grew up in Colchester, Connecticut and is currently a Rhode Island resident. She received an undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma and earned a DVM degree from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Middleton loves the preventative medicine aspect of general practice, such as immunology and parasitology, and her special interests include clinical pathology and diagnostic imaging.
Outside of the practice, Dr. Middleton enjoys trail running, participating in "mud-runs," biking, and cooking. She also shares her home with Levi, a retriever mix that loves going to the water for a boat road or swim.
William E. Condon, VMD — In Memorium
Dr. William Condon established Sakonnet Veterinary Hospital in 1972 with his classmate Dr. Kenneth Rix. He was a beloved veterinarian to many clients as well as a staple in his community of Portsmouth where he lived with his wife of over 40 years.
As a father of four children, Dr. Condon was active in many community organizations including the Portsmouth School Committee and Portsmouth Little League. He was also a past president of the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association (RIVMA).