Our hospital team members truly love caring for pets

That’s why the average tenure for our receptionists and technicians is over 15 years, with some in the 25-30 year range. Their dedication to you and your pets provides a level of experience that is hard to find these days. The resulting expertise, attention to detail and compassion benefits your pets in many ways.

Pamela Konakowitz, Hospital Manager
A former veterinary practice manager, Pam offers CAH clients and patients over 28 years of experience in quality pet care. She was a receptionist for many years and you can still find her at the front desk, along with her many other tasks.  Pam is a loyal General Hospital fan, devoted aunt, and loving mother to her Cat Felix and one day soon a new puppy.
Yvette James, Receptionist / Veterinary Technician
Yvette has given our clients and their pets more than 32 years of dedicated service and patient care throughout our hospital. She and her husband have 2 sons, and their extended family includes 1 dog and 2 cats – all adopted. Yvette enjoys reading, watching sports (especially Formula 1 and NFL football) and taking her dog on walks.
Kimberly Desjardins, Receptionist
Kimberly was born and raised in Maine. After working for the hospitality field for over 15 years, she attended Three Rivers Community College and completed the Vet Assistant Program in Dec 2015. Kimberly started with the company January 2016 as a Kennel Technician and now is a full time receptionist.  She lives in Norwich with her husband of one year Brian. They share their home with one dog and three cats.
Diane Tinker-Knapp, Receptionist
A true animal lover, Diane offers over 25 years of animal care experience, including companion animals and exotics. Diane has achieved specialized training in surgical assistance, dentistry, CPR, emergency medicine and pain management for pets
Tabetha Hatcher, Senior/Surgical Veterinary Technician
Tab’s commitment to animal care began more than 25 years ago as a kennel attendant at CAH. She has received specialized training in surgical assistance, dentistry, emergency medicine and client education.
Faun Tabor, Lead Veterinary Technician / Receptionist
Faun has been a member of our team for approximately 15 years, working as lead technician keeping the hospital running smoothly and also filling in at the reception desk when needed. She is a loving mother of 2 daughters, a spunky boxer named Darla and an orange kitty named Kringle.
Amanda Shawver, Veterinary Technician
Amanda has been with us since August 2016. She has been interested in animals since she was young and started volunteering at rescues and humane societies when she was 15 years old. She took the vet assistant program at QVCC in 2016 and became a kennel technician/ vet assistant that same year. She plans on continuing her education and becoming a certified vet tech in the future. Amanda has a husband Reuben, young daughter Scarlett and two dogs Brutus and Lily that she loves spending time with. When not working she is an avid reader and also enjoys horseback riding and hiking.
Megan Arndt, Veterinary Technician
Megan is an animal lover, and has grown up surrounded by many animals. She has three horses and shares her house with two large dogs. At a young age, Megan would always volunteer at local horse farms. Despite wanting to work with animals after going to an agricultural high school and college, she worked in construction and recently joined the Companion Animal Hospital team. Although working with large animals in the past she is widening her knowledge in the small animal field.
Johnna Comfort, Veterinary Technician
Johnna and her husband share their home with their dog “Zoey” and 2 cats “Max” and “Tucker” She is happy to be working in the veterinary field and a part of the Companion Animal Hospital family after a lifelong love of animals.  Originally from Connecticut, she recently moved home after living in Louisiana for 2 years and is excited to be a part of Companion Animal Hospital.
Shauna LaPorte, Veterinary Technician
Shauna is a recent graduate from New England Tech and new to the veterinary world. After working in the food industry for many years, she decided a change was needed. Her love for animals has grown over the years and she is looking to become a certified technician in the future. She lives at home with her dog Elliot. In her spare time she enjoys video games, music, and watching crime shows.

Kimberly Morrissette, Veterinary Assistant
Kim is a college graduate with a degree in animal science from the University of Rhode Island. She has experience with a range of animals, including dogs, cats, horses, farm animals and aquatic animals. She even worked with animals in Thailand. Kim has always had great passion for animals. Her dog, Mitch, was a member of the family until he passed at age 16½. He largely influenced her love for animals. Joining our team in 2013, she hopes to further her experience in the field of animal care
Alina Mauthe, Veterinary Assistant
Alina recently graduated with a degree in animal behavior from the University of New England. She has experience caring for animals ranging from mice and rats all the way up to primates and other zoo animals. Alina stays busy with her two dogs Luna and Gypsy hiking and training. Alina wishes to continue learning about veterinary medicine through her position.
Karen Jones, Receptionist
Karen is retired from her first career with the Connecticut Department of Correction and is now pursuing her heart’s passion working in the field of animal care. Karen’s love for animals began in the crib when her older brother welcomed her home with the gift of her first (toy) dog. Ever since, it has been a lifetime of beloved cats, dogs, birds, hamsters and fish. Karen has worked with a wildlife rehabilitator and completed the Veterinary Assistant program through Three Rivers Community College. When she isn’t spoiling her cat Allie and dog Charlie, Karen enjoys travel, gardening, cooking, cycling and yoga.