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.
Jennifer Picard, DVM
Dr. Picard is a 2009 Graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and she joins us after working three years in Attleboro, MA. She is a competent surgeon, a thorough diagnostician, and a compassionate caregiver. Born and raised in Fall River, she is an excellent veterinarian that came to us from our own back yard. We are sure that you will be pleased with her care of both you and your pet.
In her spare time, Dr. Picard enjoys hiking and spending time with her family. She has two dogs and two cats.
Holly Brown, DVM
Dr. Holly Brown grew up sharing equal time in Berlin, New Hampshire and Presque Isle, Maine. She received an undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire in 2003 and a DVM degree from Louisiana State University in 2010.
Before joining Sakonnet Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Brown practiced at Rhode Island Animal Medical Center for four years. Prior to that, she worked in the non-profit sector with the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society and the Spay and Neuter Your Pet Program (SNYPP) Clinic.
Dr. Brown's special interests include feline medicine, soft tissue surgery, shelter medicine and animal behavior. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, knitting, running and being outdoors. She has a son named Trea and a menagerie of rescued pets.
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).