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. 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. Alison (Ali) Jensen grew up with a veterinary clinic as her second home, being mentored by an incredibly talented and compassionate group. She graduated from Washington State University in 2007 and spent 3 years in emergency practice following her post-graduate internship. Working in the Seattle area, she met husband who was stationed at the Naval Hospital in Bremerton. After several years, they embarked on an incredible journey, which led to both earning MBAs in Texas before settling down for 7 years where Dr. Jensen fell in love with general practice in southern California. The draw of the history and beauty of the east coast eventually lured the family to Connecticut, where Dr. Jensen can continue to pursue her passion of providing exceptional individualized care in support of the hospital team’s mission to love each pet like they were our own. In her spare time, Dr. Jensen can be found relaxing with her best boys (David – the human, Jameson – the Great Dane, and Sprout – the Boston/Frenchie/Chihuahua), dabbling in home improvement projects, playing in the garden, or on new adventures exploring Connecticut.