Board Certified Doctors

Everyone at CAH works out of a love for animals. That’s the bottom line. We want our pets and your pets to get excellent care and be treated with respect and compassion. That’s why we treat your pets as if they were our own – with love and real concern.

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Dr. Earl Mummert is the founder of CAH. A 1977 graduate of Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Earl also received B.S. and M.S. degrees in physiology/cell biology from the University of Maryland. He opened the doors to CAH in September, 1982 with the goal of offering high levels of service and veterinary care to the region. His special interest in surgery, including orthopedics and laser surgery, is complemented by his partner’s (and wife’s) special interest in internal medicine and critical care. With 60 years of combined experience, they offer expertise in all areas of veterinary care. Dr. Earl enjoys boating, golf and walking the trails with his Goldendoodle, Zelie.
Dr. Margaret (Mac) Mummert is the medical director of CAH. Dr. Mac graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University in 1977. Along with her husband and her associates, she has been a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Connecticut V.M.A., and the American Animal Hospital Association for many years and continually benefits from the professional education offered by these organizations. Her special interests include internal medicine, critical care, dentistry, preventive and geriatric medicine. Dr. Mac has worked with many community organizations through the years, including Women’s Network of SE CT, Friends of the Library, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church and the CT Valley Pony Club. She enjoys gardening, cooking and being a mom to her son Brian and daughter Anya.
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Dr. Melissa “Lissa” Bender was born and raised in the Poconos region of Pennsylvania as the oldest of three girls.  She grew up in a large close-knit extended family spanning four generations made up mostly of medical professionals, scientist, and musicians/artists. It was her family that inspired her love for medicine and science but her bond with animals made her become the first Veterinarian in her family. Also, despite not inheriting their musical talents, she is known to be caught bursting out in song behind the scenes at the clinic.

Dr. Melissa “Lissa” Bender graduated from Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 after changing careers from the pharmaceutical industry.  Prior to joining the Companion Animal Hospital team in January of 2016 she completed an internship at an emergency/specialty center outside of Washington DC then practiced in a 4 doctor veterinary hospital in Providence, RI.  Currently she is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), CT Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).

Within the field of veterinary medicine, Dr. Bender is passionate about preventative medicine, pain management, wound care, pediatrics, end-of-life care, and the challenge of fussy felines. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her kitty Lagniappe, and her daughter Inara.  She also enjoys cooking, traveling, horseback riding, and cuddling up with a good book or movie.