Our Vets

Dr. Lee Pearson

Dr. Pearson was born and raised in Prairie Village, Kansas. He graduated from Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982 with a B. S. in Animal Science and a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. His love of all animals led him to practice both large and small animal medicine in Stowe, Vermont and Walpole, NH before coming to Cheshire Animal Hospital in 1986. At Cheshire Animal Hospital he made the decision to focus 100% on small animal medicine, and surgery. He has 3 sons, 2 dogs, 1 cat and enjoys cycling, running, skiing, hiking and almost any other outdoor activity.

Dr. Lisa Rosenfelder

Dr. Lisa Rosenfelder grew up in southern New Hampshire and wanted to be a veterinarian since the age of 5. She studied biology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts and graduated from Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine in California in 2014. She joined our team in the Spring of 2019 and enjoys working on all companion animals – especially cats! Lisa also likes seeing guinea pigs, rabbits, birds, reptiles, ferrets, and other exotic pets. She also enjoys ultrasonography. When not in the clinic she enjoys traveling, her favorite place to travel to is Namibia to work with cheetahs. She also likes hiking and spending time with her cat, Alejandro.

Dr. Maggie Kelly

Dr. Maggie Kelly is a native to the Monadnock region and returned to her home area to practice veterinary medicine in 2019. She attended Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in Indiana and initially worked as a mixed animal practitioner upon graduation. Since joining the Cheshire Animal Hospital team in July of 2020, she has focused solely on small animal medicine and is loving it. When not at work, she can be found at the gym working out, running, hiking, or hanging out with her dog, Titan.

Dr. Simon Gascoyne

Dr. Gascoyne is a former New Hampshire inhabitant that returned to the area in 2011. He attended the University of New Hampshire as an undergraduate earning a degree in Animal Science and attended veterinary school in Scotland at the University of Glasgow. He has practiced mixed animal medicine locally since his return and appreciated the years of tending to a variety of farm animals and small animals alike. He is now focusing on small animals and enjoys both internal medicine and surgery. He joined Cheshire Animal Hospital in November of 2020 and we are thrilled to have him here. In his spare time, he likes being with his family and dog, Willow, as well as trail running, fly fishing, snowboarding, and mountain biking.

Our Staff

Devon Sweeney

Hospital Administrator, Technician

Devon has worked at Cheshire Animal for more than 17 years, and has held every position except Veterinarian! She has a degree in Psychology and Chemical Dependency from Keene State College. When she is not at the clinic she enjoys spending time with her husband, son and daughter, and also her horse.  She shares her home with a dog, 2 cats and a bunny.

Barb Mosher

Office Manager, Technician, Receptionist

Barb first worked for a veterinarian over 40 years ago! She has a B.S. in Zoology, with a minor in Chemistry, from the University of Florida. In her lifetime she has raised everything from parakeets, guinea pigs, rabbits, cats, boxers, and horses. In her previous life she was a high school science teacher & homeschooling mom. She has worked at Cheshire Animal Hospital since 2002 and has been a receptionist, technician, and manager. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her children, grandsons, boxer, cat, and bird watching as well as nature hikes and gardening.

Becky Huntley

Inventory and Lab Manager, Technician

Becky graduated from Springfield College with a B.S. in Biology. She began working as a veterinary technician in northern N.H. In 1987 she moved to Keene and began working for Cheshire Animal Hospital. She is approaching her 33rd year as a member of our team! When not at work Becky enjoys spending time with her two boys and an assortment of animals as well as being active in her community.

Karen Wilber

AR Manager / Receptionist

Karen joined the CAH family in April 2018. Her career over the past 10 years reflects her love for all animals. In previous positions she has worked as a shelter technician, Animal Control Officer, and Veterinary Receptionist. Karen earned an Associates degree in Business Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition Science. When not at the hospital Karen enjoys spending time with her husband and twins and all kinds of animals including her two dogs – Pearl and Goldie and her cat Leo.

Joyce Hanrahan

Lead Receptionist and Front Office Assistant Manager

Joyce has worked for Cheshire Animal Hospital for a combined total of 19 years! You will find her at the front desk with her red hair and fiery personality. She spends much of her time doing wildlife rehabilitation and working with animals in need. She enjoys as much time as possible with her children and 3 adorable grandchildren. She and Dan enjoy gardening, traveling and especially making their delicious maple syrup. She has 1 dog and 2 cats that share her home.

Laurel Benoit

Veterinary Technician / CVT

Laurel graduated from Delhi State University in 2001 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. After internships at two veterinary clinics, she began working at Cheshire Animal Hospital in 2002. Laurel is one of our senior surgery technicians. She and her husband have two beautiful children, one dog, two cats and three bunnies that share their home.

Sandy Stringer

Veterinary Technician

Sandy has been in the veterinary profession for 37 years. She started in Connecticut, traveled out west to Nevada and has been back in NH for the past 20 years and with us since 2015. She enjoys spending time with her son, and her pets including her beautiful dog Imani and her 2 adorable cats. In her spare time, she likes to go on hikes with Imani and spend time outdoors. She is one of our compassionate surgical technicians and pays close attention to all the details.

Jen Hills

Veterinary Technician

Jen started working with animals fifteen years ago. Her first technician job was in Brattleboro, VT. She joined our staff in 2015. Her love for animals and their owners sets her apart. When not working, she loves spending time with her husband and 3 children, as well as running (she already has 2 marathon medals), knitting, and baking. Two dogs, a cat, and a bunny share her home.

Molly Miner

Veterinary Technician

Molly started here in our kennel department in 2016. In 2018 she graduated from the University of NE with a BS in Marine Biology/Animal Science. When she is not here, she likes to hike and swim with her 2 dogs and hang out with her cat and her husband, John. She also likes to figure skate.

Linda Landers

Veterinary Technician

Linda has been in the veterinary field for over 26 years. While most of her time in the field has been as a technician, she also has worked in the pet insurance industry. Linda started with Cheshire Animal Hospital several years ago, and after many years away, she is thrilled to be back. When not working, she can be found enjoying her beagle, and riding saddle seat horses. She is the proud mom of a college student. Linda works in surgery as well as an outpatient nurse technician helping doctors with appointments. She is also the coordinator of our wellness initiative within the clinic and brings many new and exciting ideas as well as a wealth of knowledge to the CAH team.

Sam Orzechowski

Veterinary Technician

Sam grew up in a small town in Hawley, Massachusetts but in 2018 she moved to Cheshire County. She began her career as a veterinary technician in 2013 and except for a 3-year break working for a local bank, has continued in the field she loves as a vet tech. She started at CAH in November of 2020, bringing 8 years of technician experience with her and a love for all animals. At home, Sam has two dogs, three cats, three aquariums, and about forty chickens. When she is not at work, she enjoys hiking with her boyfriend Alex, and their two dogs. She also enjoys bass fishing, four-wheeling, and riding her horse.

Kaylee Devost

Veterinary Technician

Kaylee grew up in Vermont but moved to NH when she was in middle school. After high school, she started college classes and started working at a dog boarding facility. She is a graduate of Keene State College with a bachelor’s in political science, but her love of animals moved her into the veterinary technician field, and we are excited to have her as part of our staff. She can be seen working with Dr. Pearson as his ONT (outpatient nurse technician) and is always ready to lend a helping hand. In her spare time, she really likes to play video games.

Alicia Pelletier

Veterinary Technician

Alicia started working in the veterinary field in 2010 in Westfield, Massachusetts. First at a GP hospital, then on to emergency tech at VESH, and then at a veterinary cardiologist practice. She started with us in 2017 and has brought a wealth of knowledge and creativity from her previous practices. She is in school concurrently working on her master’s in Conservation Biology. In her free time, she enjoys riding her horse, and hanging out with her dogs, cats, and husband Pat as well as their young son.

Brandi Svendsen

Veterinary Technician

Brandi joined our team in September 2019 bringing 10 years of experience in the veterinary field with her. She splits her time working both here at CAH and as a veterinary ER/ICU technician in Brentwood, NH. She has 2 sons, 2 cats, 2 dogs, and a leopard gecko that keep her busy. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, photography, and binging a good show on Netflix with her husband.

Elisha Carpenter

Veterinary Technician

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Courtney Post

Veterinary Assistant

Courtney lives in Massachusetts and has always loved animals. She has three cats, one dog, and one bunny. She is currently in college to become a veterinary technician, with her ultimate goal of becoming an equine veterinary technician. When she is not working, she likes walking, hiking, swimming, ice skating, fishing, off-roading, and hanging out with friends. She joined our team in January 2021 as an assistant veterinary technician and you will see her bringing your pets into and out of our office.

Courtney Sontag


Courtney joined our team in August of 2015. She attended Becker College in Worcester, MA where she received a Bachelor of Science, majoring in management with a concentration in marketing. She also joins us with an extensive background in the hospitality and event planning fields. When Courtney is not at work you may find her at the barn riding her horse or hiking with her 3 dogs and husband Dave.

Jenny Robinson


Jenny joined the team at Cheshire Animal Hospital in 2012. After graduating from UMass Amherst with a degree in Landscape Architecture she ran a garden center in Maine for 10 years. She moved on to work as a receptionist at a large AAHA hospital for two years in Connecticut. In the summer she runs her farm and garden center, Ridge View Farm in Gilsum.

Mackenzie Burnside


Before joining our team in May 2020, Mackenzie had worked as a receptionist for 4 years at her hometown vet in Southern NH. She is currently attending the Institute of Art & Design at NEC, where she will graduate with a BFA in Photography. When not at the clinic she can be found either at home with her dog and 3 cats or driving around with friends. She also enjoys thrifting, going to the gym, and learning new art mediums!

Kate McPherson


Kate joined our group in September as a newcomer to the veterinary field but with loads of experience in customer service. She has quickly learned and greets customers and loves to help anyone she can. In her spare time, she enjoys making others laugh with her quick wit, and spending time with her family as well as her extended family and her yellow lab, Howard. We are thrilled to have her here.

Crystal Dodge


Crystal was born and raised in Cheshire County. She recently joined CAH as an integral part of our kennel staff. She is no stranger to the animal care world – she has worked for Mukota Kennel in Swanzey for 22 years. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with the many animals in her life as well as being outside learning about and experiencing the local wildlife.

Sophia Carreras


Sophia has lived in Keene her entire life and has always had a love for animals. She currently has 2 cats, a bunny, a horse, a dog, and a fish at home. She loves the outdoors and hanging out with friends. Sophia is an honor roll student at KHS. If she is not with her animals at home, she is at the barn with her friends and horse, Zara.