Again, giving back to the community…

CVHSDr. Michael J. O’Connell, CEO of Salmon Falls Family Healthcare, in Somersworth, New Hampshire, and ten pain management practices, two chiropractic practices, and five physical therapy centers throughout the state of New Hampshire, has been a best friend to the furry population at Cocheco Valley Humane Society (CVHS) for almost a decade.

Well known for giving back to his community, Dr. O’Connell has been an avid supporter of CVHS in addition to several other philanthropic causes throughout New Hampshire during his more than 25-year career as a businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and one-time practicing physician.

The shelter’s annual Holiday Appeal for 2013 surpassed the 2012 campaign by 20%.  Dr. O’Connell generously matched $30,000 in donations.  He also continues to contribute $7,500 per month from his personal salary year round to support the CVHS medical/surgical services.

Ms. Leslie Heindl, Executive Director at CVHS, thanked Dr. O’Connell for his continued tremendous support.

In addition to Dr. O’Connell’s donation, Salmon Falls Family Healthcare has set up a dog-house shaped donation bin in its lobby to collect wish list items such as food, blankets and toys for the shelter.  That is a unique attraction certainly makes a child’s visit to the doctor more entertaining and highlights the tremendous importance of pets in the lives of children and adults alike.

To find out more about Salmon Falls Family Healthcare, visit  For anyone wanting to learn more about the animals available for adoption at CVHS, or make a donation, visit

About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see:

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