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 full partner and part owner in December of 2013.
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.
Karen lives with her wife of twenty-four years, Kelly who is a former veterinary technician. They have a dog named Dylan who spends his days chasing chipmunks in the yard. Their other dog Ripley, a dachshund, has a special passion for tennis balls. They have a fourteen-year-old cat that they rescued named Krusty. They also recently added a kitten named Cali to their family.
Dr. Cheryl Donnell – Associate Veterinarian
For Dr. Cheryl Donnell, a career in veterinary medicine was a natural pairing of her love of science and medicine with her special connection to animals. She believes that good animal care makes a difference in the world, not only to her patients but for the owners also!
Dr. Donnell grew up in Derry, New Hampshire with her parents and an older sister. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of New Hampshire in 2003 while working at a local animal hospital. Then, she went to Ohio State University where she received her DVM degree in 2007. She moved back to New Hampshire shortly after graduation. She has been a veterinarian at Milford Veterinary Hospital since 2007.
In 2014, Dr. Donnell was voted Best Veterinarian in Souhegan County by the Souhegan Chamber of Commerce.
Medically, Dr. Donnell enjoys internal medicine because she is fascinated by the intricate nature of the body. She also enjoys surgery and dermatology cases. However, her favorite part of the job is experiencing the contagious happiness and energy that dogs have. She only wishes we could all maintain such energy throughout our entire life!
Cheryl is married to her husband Nick, who she met at the University of New Hampshire in 2000. He started his own home-inspection company in 2012—he examines and diagnoses homes much like Dr. Donnell does for pets! Together, they have four pets. They rescued two cats named Jasper and Gypsy. They also have Zoey, a dog that was Dr. Donnell’s surgery patient in vet school and Mattie, a cuddle bug who loves getting belly rubs.
Outside of veterinary medicine, Cheryl likes cooking, geocaching, camping, gardening, and playing volleyball with her husband.
Dr. Dayle Parnell – Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Dayle Parnell’s inspiration for working in the veterinary field was her family dog, Amber. For fourteen years, Dr. Parnell was Amber’s primary caretaker. She did everything from brushing her teeth to taking her to her veterinary appointments. Realizing how much she truly loved taking care of Amber—and how integral she was to the family—inspired Dr. Parnell to help other families experience the same thing!
Dr. Parnell grew up in Massachusetts with her parents, two brothers, and a sister. For her undergraduate degree, she studied biology and chemistry at Providence College in Rhode Island. She also worked at a veterinary hospital to gain experience. She attended the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University to get her degree. In 2011, Dr. Parnell joined the caring team at Milford Veterinary Hospital as an Associate Veterinarian.
At home, Dayle has a nine-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Abby. She also has an eight-year-old domestic short-haired cat named Tula.
Dayle regularly donates to humane societies and her favorite charity, Farm Sanctuary. She is dedicated to helping animals without homes. In her spare time, she also enjoys hiking in the woods with her dog. She also loves painting and sketching.
Dr. Kate Waples – Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Waples began working at Milford Veterinary Hospital in April of 2016. She was looking for a hospital with a positive attitude, friendly staff, good medicine, and a good philosophy toward patient care. She found that in Milford VH!
Dr. Waples’ first word was “Cat” and she has wanted to be a veterinarian since she was a little girl growing up in Glen Rock, NJ. Animals were her best friends and she has spent most of her time with them since she learned to walk.
She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Vermont in 2005 with a BS in Animal Science. Dr. Waples took a sabbatical from school and worked as a research assistant at a non-profit biomedical research company in Boston, MA for 2 years prior to attending veterinary school at Ross University on the beautiful island of St. Kitts. She spent 3 years on the island and then completed her clinical rotations at Cornell University.
When at home, Dr. Waples spends her time with her husband Andrew working on projects like their old farmhouse. They also co-captain a co-ed indoor soccer team together and spend winter weekends skiing. They have a miniature dachshund, Sierra, who is their spoiled only child.
Here is one of Dr. Waples’ favorite stories from her years of treating animals:
“I had a client with an old Siamese cat (approximately 16-17 at the time). Her concern was that he was no longer eating well and thought it might be his time. On exam, he looked great other than his teeth. He was painful when opening his mouth even to examine.
I discussed dental disease with the client and recommended we perform a dental cleaning for the cat and address any problem areas. The client was hesitant at first due the cat’s age and we performed full blood work and chest x-rays prior to the procedure to ensure there would be no surprises. Both came back looking great. The client agreed to perform the dental cleaning and necessary extractions. We ended up removing approximately 85% of the cat’s teeth.
I called the client to check in a few days later and she almost cried on the phone. She said the cat was acting like a kitten again – running around the house, playing with toys, even looking for more affection. The owner was so thankful for everything I had done. The cat is almost 19 now and doing great!”
Dr. Karyn Burritt – Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Burritt began working at Milford Veterinary Hospital in June of 2018. She finds Milford Veterinary Hospital to be a fun, friendly, and supportive environment. MVH is progressive in our medical approach and in our concern for patient comfort which aligns with her own personal philosophy.
She graduated from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Prior to veterinary school Dr. Burritt worked as a writer and proofreader and later as a veterinary technician in New Hampshire. In addition, she volunteered with several animal rescue and non-profit organizations in New Hampshire and traveled to Nicaragua two times to assist with community wellness and spay/neuter clinics.
Animals have always been an integral part of her life and growing up they were her confidants. Dr. Burritt grew up understanding the importance of the human-animal bond. As a child, she enjoyed caring for her animals, and as an adult she wants to devote her life to helping them and giving back because they have given her so much.
One of Dr. Burritt’s fondest memories is of her guinea pig Honey Bear who lived to be 8 years old. He was an amazing pig and underwent three cystotomies, had an abdominal tumor removed, and ultimately succumbed to an insulinoma. She had the opportunity to work closely with her veterinarian at the time and was inspired by her great skill and knowledge. She was enthralled with the approach to, and medical options available for, Honey Bear’s conditions. She took her own notes and researched information about bladder stone formation and insulinomas in guinea pigs.
She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and she loves to learn. Discussing cases with colleagues and owners is important to her because there is always some new knowledge that she gleans. She also enjoys feline medicine, particularly geriatric cases, because it is rewarding to diagnose and treat medical conditions, allowing cats to live longer, healthier lives.
Dr. Burritt’s husband, Rico, enjoys softball and they also have 3 cats: Penny, a singleton bottle baby who is very smart and answers to her name. Daryl is one of the kittens in a litter that she fostered. He is very social and climbs everything like spider man! And also Py, a rescue and she is quirky in her own special way.
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 ans is a member of the AVMA, MVMA and Veterinary Orthopedic Society.
Dr. 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.