About Us

Dr. Kimberley Chase, DVM

Dr. Chase first came to Apple Tree Animal Hospital in 1992, when she realized veterinary medicine was her passion.  She worked with Dr. Furness through high school and college.  His mentorship during that time fueled her love of medicine, grew her knowledge and showed her what being a compassionate veterinarian was about.  Dr. Chase attended Ross University of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2004.

After graduation she returned to New Hampshire to begin her career with Dr. Mara at Central NH Animal Care.  In 2008 Dr. Chase took a position with Banfield in Salem NH.  For the next 10 years she helped establish that hospital and developed management skills. In 2012 she was named national Chief of Staff and 2017 she was awarded the national Medical Quality award.  During these years of growth Dr. Chase's dream was to come back to her first love, Apple Tree Animal Hospital.

In 2018 Dr. Furness contacted Dr. Chase and kept a promise he made years ago, he was retiring and wanted her to take over his hospital.  In January 2019 Dr. Chase's dream came true and she came back home to Apple Tree Animal Hospital.  She resides in Warner NH with Marty and Larry, her two crazy labs and a wonderful husband.  Dr. Chase is passionate about providing high quality medicine and education for the community.

Dr. Carissa Smullen, DVM

Dr. Carissa Smullen graduated from Glascow University Veterinary School in Scotland in 2010. She has been working as a small animal practitioner in general practice since then. About 10 years ago, she worked at an integrative practice where she developed an interest in acupuncture and other alternative therapies. She studied acupuncture at Chi University in Reddick, Florida, and received her certification in 2014. She also received her food therapy certification in 2016 and is in the process of completing her herbal certification.

Dr. Smullen is an integrative practitioner, which means she believes that conventional medicine together with alternative therapies helps bring balance and good health to our furry family members. She has her own veterinary acupuncture business called Paws of Unity and works here at Apple Tree Animal Hospital performing surgeries and seeing appointments. If you are interested in using alternative therapies to help maintain your pet's well-being, please call our hospital to schedule a consult with her.

Dr. Smullen lives in Auburn, NH with her husband, Jonathan, their crazy cats Stjӓrna, Aramis, and Chiana, and their dogs, Leia and Dubh Croi (Dewey). In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, running, painting, or drawing.

Dr. Stacy Tela, DVM

Dr. Stacy Tela received her veterinary degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. She completed her clinical year at Purdue University in Indiana. She worked in general practice for over 10 years in New Hampshire. She moved to a tiny island in the Caribbean, St Kitts for 5 years teaching at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine as an assistant professor of clinical skills. Dr. Tela has returned back to her home state in which she enjoys practicing medicine. Her interests in veterinary medicine are ophthalmology, surgery and general wellness. Her extracurricular interests are spending time with her family, husband, daughter and son, reading, continual learning, running and cycling. She also has an adopted cat from New Hampshire, Gorgon who is a new addition to the family.

Dr. Alison Darby, DVM

Bio Coming Soon!

Christine McKenna, Practice Manager

Chris is our practice manager.  She came to Apple Tree in February of 2019.  She earned her Masters degree in mental health from Southern New Hampshire University.  Chris comes with years of management experience, after being a supervisor and director with previous employers.  She took some time away from work to stay at home and raise her two young sons.  Chris grew up on a farm and has always had a love for animals.  She currently has 4 dogs and hopes to add a couple of horses in the near future.  Chris lives in Warner with her husband and sons.  She enjoys hiking, going to Sunapee and spending time with her family.

Kayla Grady

Veterinary Technician

Kayla grew up on her family's farm in Hopkinton. From a young age, she always wanted to be around animals. Growing up she was a member of 4-H and she showed her horses at the local fairgrounds for many years. Kayla has two dogs, six cats, two horses, one mini horse, two cows, and two bunnies. In her free time, she enjoys caring for her animals, horseback riding, hiking, swimming, and being outdoors. Kayla started in the field in 2020 as a receptionist and has become a veterinary technician in the last year. She is very excited to be part of Apple Tree Animal Hospital.

Meghan Hopkins

Veterinary Technician

Meghan started as a veterinary technician after attending UMASS Amherst. She graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology. Meghan has always known that she wanted to work with animals. She started fostering kittens at the young age of 11. Meghan enjoys spending her free time working with Chaos + Kindness, going to the gym, attending concerts, reading, and spending time with her friends and family. She has dogs, rats, and a cat named Ziggy.

Missy Reynolds

Veterinary Technician

Missy comes to us with over 20 years of experience in the veterinary field. She is currently in school as well as a tech here at Apple Tree. Growing up in NH with many different types of animals she definitely has a love for all of them! Spending time with horses, hiking, bicycling, kayaking, camping, and photography are some of the many things she enjoys doing. Missy has many animals of her own including Labrador Retrievers, a mini American Shepherd, 4 cats, 5 birds, 2 rabbits, and several chickens, not to mention her husband and kids as well.

Candace Supernavage


Candace is a NY Licensed and NH Certified Veterinary Technician as well as a Certified Cat Friendly Veterinary Professional. A graduate of SUNY Canton and SUNY ESF, she has been in the veterinary field since 2010 and has held almost every position in a hospital setting.

Patient safety, especially while under anesthesia, is her main passion. She also enjoys training her team and new members of the veterinary community. Candace strongly believes that the quality of patient care is only as high as the knowledge and experience of the team performing it.

Originally from central NY, she now resides in Southern NH with her husband, Brian, their two dogs, Henna and Juice Box, and two cats, Alfredo and Elune. When not working, she can be found hiking with her dogs, boating, reading, or exploring surrounding areas.

Amy Cate


Amy is our receptionist, she started here at Apple Tree in 2001. She lives in Contoocook with her cat Oliver and does pet sitting in her free time. She enjoys traveling around New England, going to the beach and spending time with her 2 grown sons.

Maegan Raynard


Maegan is our receptionist here at Apple Tree and has recently started in late May.  She's going into her junior year at Hopkinton High School and is looking forward to many more years of working here.