Dr. Karen Tinkham – Owner, Veterinarian


While most kids go through their astronaut, ballerina, or cowboy phases, Dr. Karen Tinkham says that she never did. She was barely four years old when she told her parents she wanted to be a veterinarian. By the time she was working as a kennel assistant when she was just fifteen years old, she was absolutely hooked!

Dr. Tinkham was born in Connecticut but grew up in northeastern Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire, and southern Maine. She started her veterinary career in high school when she worked as a kennel attendant. After working at a 24-hour SPCA in Massachusetts during her undergraduate studies, she was accepted to the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. Four years later, she graduated with her DVM degree.

Dr. Tinkham started working at Milford Veterinary Hospital in 2009. She became a partner in 2013 and owner in 2018.

Medically, Dr. Tinkham enjoys teaching clients about preventative health. She enjoys surgery, especially spaying and neutering pets to help control the animal population. She also strives to control pain and maintain a patient’s comfort level.

lives with wife of 30 years, their 2 dogs and 3 cats. In her spare time she loves snorkeling, travel and spending time with her family.


Dr. Juli Westfall- Part-time Associate Veterinarian

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Juli Westfall.
Ten dogs, two cats, a few squirrels, numerous beta and gold fish, one guinea pig, and two amazing , accomplished daughters later, Dr. Westfall has returned to New Hampshire after a 35 year absence. She grew up in Pelham, attended UNH, getting her BS in Animal Science.
Upon graduation from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988, she practiced in a small animal hospital in Northern Virginia her entire career. Only leaving in February 2019 as her husband pursued his dream job.
Not quite ready to retire after a 6 month sabbatical, she joined MVH in May with a renewed energy for her next chapter. She is excited to join a hospital where she can further her fear free certification to the next level.
When not working, she enjoys puttering in the garden, shopping for treasures at flea markets and antique shops, reading a great novel, and playing a mean game of Mah Jong.
Currently she shares her home with Barry, her best friend and husband of 36 years, Lucy a 5 year old Great Dane, and Olive a 6 year old “Rat” Terrier who runs the household

Dr. Mary McDowell – Relief Veterinarian

Bio coming soon!


Dr. Lyana Buckwold – Relief Veterinarian

Picture and Bio coming soon!


Catherine J. Reese DVM, DACVS- Reese Veterinary Surgical Services


Graduating from Cornell University in 1991, Dr. Reese attended Tuft’s University’s School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1995. She completed an internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston in 1996, and then completed a small animal surgical residency at Cornell University in 1999.

After her residency, she returned to Angell as a staff surgeon for almost 12 years, where she was the Director of the Surgery Residency Program and trained over 30 new surgeons.

She was board certified in Small Animal Surgery by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2001 and is a member of the AVMA, MVMA and Veterinary Orthopedic Society.


Dr. Leeann Toolan – animalsinbalancenh.com


My practice philosophy and goal is to help each animal I treat to live as happy and healthy a life as possible for as long as possible. I think of my patients and clients as part of my veterinary family and treat them with respect, caring and compassion. My work in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine is my passion and my way of contributing to the betterment of our world. I have had this quote on my desk for years, and believe it wholeheartedly:

“The way we earn our living can be a source of peace and joy…
Our work can be a wonderful means for us to express our deepest self…
When we do this, we are able to realize peace and joy, and the work we do will be of great help to ourselves and to the world.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh

After graduating from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993 and completing a Small Animal Internship at University of Saskatoon in Saskatchewan Canada in 1994, I practiced small animal medicine and surgery in Colorado prior to relocating to New Hampshire in 2001.

I have extensive training in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and utilize all five branches of TCVM including Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Food Therapy, Tui-na (Chinese Therapeutic Massage) and Exercise with the goal of balancing the body and assisting it back to a healthy state. TCVM works with Western Medicine to accomplish this goal. Western diagnostics of blood work, x-rays, ultrasound, MRI are needed to obtain an accurate diagnosis along with medications. TCVM can take a bit longer to see results but there are few side effects and the body can heal faster with long lasting results.