Our Team

Dr. Michelle Allen, DVM

Michelle is a native of Nova Scotia, Canada. She grew up with a love of all animals which led her to take any opportunity possible to volunteer with local animal hospitals and on surrounding farms. After initially attending Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Michelle obtained early entry to veterinary school after her junior year and completed her degree at Atlantic Veterinary College. Although not in her initial plans heading into vet school, Michelle was suprised prior to the start of second year when Patrick proposed.  She said yes and they soon became the Drs. Allen. Following graduation Michelle had the opportunity along with Patrick to perform a one year internship in internal medicine and surgery at Chesapeake Veterinary Referral Center in Annapolis. This experience was key in shaping how she practices veterinary medicine and she has been fortunate to have maintained a wonderful relationship with many of the doctors at CVRC through the years. 

Following her internship she entered small animal practice in Germantown, MD. As family life and children then began to take priority in her life, Michelle transitioned into relief veterinary work through the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. regions serving numerous hospitals throughout. While frequenting the Eastern Shore with Patrick on weekends the charm of the Shore took hold and it wasn’t long before Michelle and Patrick moved East of the bridge. 


Since coming to the Shore Michelle has become well known for her gentle way with her patients. Many refer to her as the cat whisperer due to her amazing ability to create a stress free experience with her kitty patients. With first-hand experience of seeing how reduced stress can facilitate a much more pleasant and effective visit with patients Michelle, along with Patrick, have embraced pursuing a ‘fear free’ approach.

Outside of work Michelle is a mama first. She remains constantly on the move shuttling her children, Kaylee and Kellan, between their many activities. With such a busy schedule you’ll often see the kids in tow at work. Although that’s enough to keep her busy, she’s also got a spoiled lab Ben attached at her hip and the family cat Charlie begging to go for car rides.

Dr. Patrick Allen, DVM

Dr. Allen (or Dr. Patrick) is the co-founder along with the other Dr. Allen (Dr. Michelle) of East Coast Vets. He is a native of the Eastern Shore of Maryland having grown up in Cambridge. He attended Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!!) for his undergraduate degree before heading north of the border to Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada where he completed his veterinary degree. Patrick also met Michelle while in veterinary school (they were in the same class) and was quick to propose to her prior to starting their second year. They were married at the start of their 4th year.

Following graduation Patrick had the opportunity along with Michelle to perform a 1 year internship in internal medicine and surgery at Cheaspeake Veterinary Referral Center in Annapolis. He was fortunate to work with a wonderful and knowledgeable group of doctors while at CVRC and continues to utilize that experience in his day to day practice. Patrick began his career as a practicing veterinarian following his internship and was an associate at multiple fast paced hospitals in the Washington D.C and Baltimore regions. During this time he also continued building his skill set with specialized training in numerous surgical procedures including the TPLO and TTA for cruciate ligament injuries. To date he has performed over 700 of these procedures. He also performs numerous other orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries.


More recently Patrick, along with Michelle, has taken an interest in a fear free approach to working with their patients. East Coast Vets was designed with this premise in mind, wanting to create the very best possible experience for both you and your family pet.

Outside of work Patrick is active in the triathlon community and busy collaborating with his friend Dr. Salif Bishop on programs to improve animal and public health in Senegal. He also enjoys being out on the water soaking up the Shore life with his family and friends. East Coast Vets is a family practice so don’t be surprised if you see his kids (Kaylee and Kellan), black lab Ben and orange tabby Charlie running about the hospital one day. Promise they don’t bite! Although Kellan might talk your ear off.