Dr. Kristi Zimmerman, Medical Director
Dr. Zimmerman developed her love for animals while growing up in New Jersey.
As a child, she had a variety of pets including goats, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils and of course, cats and dogs. At the age of 5, she had already decided to become a veterinarian.
Prior to veterinary school, she attended the University of Maryland at College Park for graduate coursework and interesting research internships at the National Institutes of Health. She attended the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine from 1991-1995.
A one year internship at the San Diego Zoo after graduation led her west, but she returned to New Hampshire in 1996. During the many years that she has practiced in NH, she has gained valuable medical, surgical and management experience at a number of local veterinary hospitals.
Dr. Zimmerman is a member of several professional organizations including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association.
When not at the hospital, Dr. Zimmerman enjoys hiking, kayaking, antiquing, gardening and working out with her husband Larry and dogs Zurich and Jett. Life is good!
Dr. Holli was born and raised in Manchester NH. She attended UNH and received a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. From there, she attended the Atlantic Veterinary College and received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine on 2011. Since graduating, she has developed a passion for building a strong pet and client connection through general practice but loves every aspect of the veterinary field.
When she is not at the hospital, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son, twin daughters and their 2 animal kids: Finn and Huck. With any rare free time, you can find her buried in a book.
Dr. Marie grew up in Londonderry, NH and has loved all furry creatures for as long as she can remember. Unfortunately, her mother strongly dislikes animals and so growing up she was never allowed any pet larger than a guinea pig (of which she has had several). However, this did not dissuade her from pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.
Dr. Marie graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Animal Science in 2009 and from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. It was during her undergraduate education that Dr. Marie first worked at Best Friends Animal Hospital as an assistant/ receptionist. After living in upstate NY for the last several years, she moved back to her home state in 2017 with her husband, Howard, just in time to have their daughter, Lorelai.
In addition to being a full-time mom, Dr. Marie works part-time at Best Friends Animal Hospital and is also an adjunct professor in veterinary technology for Medaille College. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association.
Although her favorite activity is spending time with her family, Dr. Marie also loves horseback riding, traveling, kayaking, and eating dessert!
Dr. Lee Ann Toolan
My practice philosophy and goal is to help each animal I treat to live as happy and healthy a life as possible for as long as possible. I think of my patients and clients as part of my veterinary family and treat them with respect, caring and compassion. My work in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine is my passion and my way of contributing to the betterment of our world.
After graduating from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993 and completing a Small Animal Internship at University of Saskatoon in Saskatchewan Canada in 1994, I practiced small animal medicine and surgery in Colorado prior to relocating to New Hampshire in 2001.
I have extensive training in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and utilize all five branches of TCVM including Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Food Therapy, Tui-na (Chinese Therapeutic Massage) and Exercise with the goal of balancing the body and assisting it back to a healthy state.
TCVM works with Western Medicine to accomplish this goal.
Western diagnostics of blood work, x-rays, ultrasound, MRI are needed to obtain an accurate diagnosis along with medications. TCVM can take a bit longer to see results but there are few side effects and the body can heal faster with long-lasting results.
Ann has been practicing as a veterinary technician since 2003 and got her certification in 2007.
She is a native of Northern VA but has fallen in love with New Hampshire and its beautiful mountains.
When not taking care of Manchester’s cats and dogs, you can find her hiking as long and as far as her legs will go. She completed the 48 4000 footers in 7 months, and she’s not stopping there!
She lives in Manchester with her husband, Seamus, and her tiny panther, Felix.
Steph’s work in the veterinary field started as a part time “fun” job many years ago. She realized that she had a love for helping animals and decided to make it a career.
She enrolled in the Veterinary Technology program at Great Bay Community College in 2008. Her summer internship in 2009 brought her to Best Friends Animal Hospital where she was hired when the internship ended.
She completed the program and graduated with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2010. She became certified later that year after passing the National Veterinary Technician Examination.
When not working, she enjoys anything outside in warm weather, but prefers to stay nice and toasty inside when it’s cold! She shares the warmth with her cat Boi. Her summers are filled with days at the beach, camping, and hiking.
Jen began her career in veterinary medicine in the mid 1990’s, but she is now a high school teacher.
(We are fortunate and thankful that she works for us on Saturdays!)
She and her husband have a variety of pets including Hogan, their faithful lab, Quincy and Sophie: 2 fabulous felines, chickens, ducks, parrots, a chinchilla and a rabbit named Elvis.
When not working, teaching or taking care of their pets, Jen enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband Andy, kayaking, hiking and knitting.
Alyssa began working in the veterinary field in 2016 after graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a major in Animal Science and a minor in Animal Behavior.
She grew up in NH where she currently lives with her family, her Newfie Tiny, and her cat Moo. She has had a passion for animals since she was a little girl and can’t imagine a better job!
In her spare time, she enjoys going to farms, taking day trips to explore different places, spending time with family and friends, and going on road trips with her dog.
Darrion was born and raised in Louisiana. She recently relocated to NH with her boyfriend and we are glad she did!
She has been working as a veterinary assistant since June 2016. In January 2019, she started Vet Tech school online at San Juan College. Her goal is to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. She has loved animals her entire life and working with them is her passion. “I love what I do and could not see myself doing anything else.”
When she was 10 years old, she got her Dachshund, Sophie, as a late Christmas present, and Sophie is the love of her life. In 2017, Darrion and her boyfriend adopted an Australian Shepherd named Judge from a local Humane Society. “He has been the best dog and is such a sweet, loving boy. My dogs are my life!” Other than her dogs, she enjoys the outdoors, fishing, hiking, traveling, trying new foods, amateur photography, watching movies, and relaxing at home.
Dizzy came to BFAH in 2007 after being hit by a car. Despite some chronic ailments related to that trauma, she has continued to thrive. She takes great joy in dictating hospital policy. We all appreciate her willingness to let us serve her.
If you have any questions about our practice, please contact us today at (603) 625-2378.