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.

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.
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.

Dr. Brittany de Wolf is happy to join the team at Companion Animal Hospital.  She grew up in the the Southeastern Connecticut and is thrilled to be back in the area . She received an undergraduate degree from Becker College in Worcester Massachusetts before completing a masters degree from the University of Rhode Island with a focus on parasites in sheep and goats.

Dr. de Wolf studied abroad in South Africa, providing veterinary care to impoverished areas and in a national park, before obtaining a DVM degree from The Ohio State University. Dr. de Wolf is particularly interested in pediatric care, pain management and the satisfaction of seeing patients through life long preventative care.

When not at work, she enjoys walking, hiking, baking and spending time with her family and two cats.

Dr. Marcus Sminkey: Critical in formulating my bio was the realization of how fortunate I have been sharing my entire life caring for and being cared for by countless animals of all types and sizes.

Spending a lot of my earlier life in Vermont, I loved working dairy farms, horse farms, and a full schedule of haying, feeding and caring for many types of large animals. Many orphaned wildlife creatures also found their way through difficult times under my care. So many memorable and positive experiences led to a degree in Wildlife Biology and Forestry from The University of Vermont, after service in the United States Navy.

While attending UVM, I spent summers at the State and Federal waterfowl refuges capturing and banding thousands of ducks, working with biologists and State Game Wardens. With these life changing experiences and my education, I was selected and served for many years as a Vermont State Game Warden. Very few ever get an experience such as that and I cherish it deeply.

Eventually, my passion and love for animals brought me to the decision to become a veterinarian. I chose to attend Ross University in St. Kitts and graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. From there, I practiced and trained in Vermont. After working as a staff veterinarian in The Hamptons, I purchased a Veterinary Hospital in Connecticut. Working as a sole practitioner and owner, I spent many years there serving patients and clients.

During that time, I enjoyed providing mobile veterinary care at homes, farms, boats, and even RVs! All of my great experiences have led me to where I am today.

With almost 25 years of veterinary experience and a lifetime spent with animals, I am straight-talking, warm-hearted, and fully committed to the care and well-being of each patient as well as their families.