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updated 03/15/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/15/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

>Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney goes from ER nurse to small-town vet in Welcome to Mooseport with Ray Romano. After four years of rattling off medical jargon, playing doc isn't a stretch for the 39-year-old Boston native.

ON SAVING HER HUSBAND (DIRECTOR BILLY MORRISSETTE) I diagnosed his appendicitis two years ago. We were home and he had localized pain in his lower right abdomen and a fever. He was also diaphoretic [perspiring]. I said, "I really think you need to go to the doctor." The surgeon said it might have burst if we had waited. And the nurse let me help draw his blood.

ON WHERE HER ER CHARACTER, ABBY, IS GOING She has sort of lightened up. I really want her to experience victory for a change.

ON DRAMAS VERSUS SITCOMS On sitcoms you get to rehearse and rehearse for four days, then you shoot. On ER we move pretty fast.

ON RAY ROMAND

I thought I was the most neurotic person I knew until I met Ray. Let me just say one thing about him—hand sanitizer. He carried it on his person at all times when we were shooting in Toronto. He may have had two bottles. I think the other was in an ankle holster.

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