Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of True North Veterinary Hospital in Bartlett! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 603-374-5130 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Kate Battenfelder

Kate lives in Bartlett, loving the Mount Washington Valley which was a place that instantly felt like home when she moved here in 2002. She is originally from Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn State University in 2001. After graduating with a BS in Animal Bioscience she trained service dogs for a year. She returned to school to graduate with her DVM from Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. She returned to work in North Conway at that time, and then worked at Fryeburg Veterinary Hospital from 2008-2015. Kate is honored to be able to provide the best services possible to her patients and clients and is even more honored to work with an amazing staff to make it all happen. Kate has 2 daughters, 2 dogs, 3 cats and a rabbit. (But don’t hold her to those numbers of animals, you never know in this line of medicine…)

Dr. David Walker

Dr. David Walker, or as he prefers to be called ‘Doc’, Dave, or David, graduated from Cornell Veterinary School in 1968. He began his career with the Hussy Vet Hospital in North Conway, where he was a large and small animal vet for 35 years. After a career-related back injury in 2003, Doc was out of action for 1.5 years and miraculously recovered to resume the devotion to his clients at the Fryeburg Vet Hospital, where he continued to practice until June, 2016. At that time he made the big decision to join his cherished friend and prized student of 8 years at Fryeburg, Dr Kate, at her newly established True North Veterinary Hospital. Dave is proud to proclaim “Kate is the best young veterinarian I have seen in my, now, 48 years of practice. She truly is a clone of me, and I am honored and elated to join her and the rest of my former Teammates as a part of her New Team.”

Doc and his wife of 50 years, Linda, continue to live in the same house they built in Birch Hill some 45 years ago. Their kids, Kristin, Kevin, and Scott, are now adults themselves, living close by, and are the proud parents of Dave and Linda’s 5 grandchildren.

Now in the twilight of his veterinary career, Dave spends his well-earned spare time pursuing his long-time hobbies of carpentry, flower gardening, baseball, and Basset Hounds. His true passion is baseball, and now, after a 48 playing year career as a catcher, he coaches JV baseball at Kennett High School as well as Cal Ripken youth baseball and women’s adult softball in Fryeburg. His license plate “BULLPEN” is symbolic of his specialty in baseball coaching.

Doc recently lost his beloved and faithful Basset pal of 11 years, Dewey, ironically, due to an on-going back problem. Dave’s Bassets have always been an extremely important part of his life, and he has just recently found a new friend, “Mr. Pickles”, a 1.5 year old retired show champion from the same kennel who blessed him with Dewey. Mr. Picles absolutely adores Doc, a match made in heaven.

Stephanie Macomber, CVT

Stephanie is originally from Scottsdale, Arizona and began working in veterinary medicine in 1991. She became a certified veterinary technician in 1999 . She met her now husband Nathan and they moved back to his family’s beautiful farm in Conway, NH in 2002. She began working at Fryeburg Veterinary Hospital at that time, spent some years at various practices and pursuing additional interests such as becoming licensed in massage therapy and personal training, but ultimately coming back to her true love of quality nursing care of animals, educating and caring for their families, and tying in all of her passions with one goal of making animals and their families better. Stephanie loves advocating for animals and acting as their voice to achieve excellent and quality nursing care. Stephanie and Nathan have a daughter and a son, one dog and one cat at their farm.

 

Athena Rand, LVT

Athena is originally from Falmouth, ME and we are so lucky that she recently moved to Silver Lake with her 2 dogs! She graduated from SUNY Ulster in December of 2017 as a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She is also graduating from animal behavior college as a Certified Dog Trainer with a focus on problem behaviors in dogs. She loves to hike, and does 4,000 footers every weekend. She also enjoys kayaking, ATV-ing, and art. Her bright, friendly, and energetic personality is just one of the many reasons we are sure she will make a great addition to our True North family!

Kristin Hanscom, Veterinary Assistant

Kristin lives in Maine and has been a veterinary assistant for 12 years. She has worked at practices in both New Hampshire and Maine. Kristin enjoys helping in all aspects of veterinary care, especially veterinary dentistry. She has 4 dogs, and enjoys competing in dock diving with her black Labrador, Hattie, and Australian Shepherd, Nikon. Kristin also enjoys training in other dog sports and spending time outside with her dogs whenever possible, as well as time at home with her cat, Granite.

Kim Zulker, Veterinary Assistant

Kim has joined our team after working at many veterinary hospitals in the valley and beyond. She brings with her over 20 years of experience, an absolute wealth of knowledge, a love of all animals, and an intense interest in all aspects of the veterinary field. Currently, she is pursuing her college degree with the ultimate goal of FINALLY becoming a licensed technician in 2020!! Kim is so fun to work with and we are super thankful that fate brought her to us! Outside of work, Kim enjoys hanging out with her dogs (and cat), participating in agility and other dog sports, fishing, and watching classic movies from the 30’s and 40’s.

Leah Shepard, Veterinary Assistant

Leah was born and raised in North Conway, and she became a Certified Veterinary Assistant in 2019, graduating from Penn-Foster. We were so lucky to be the hospital she chose to do her internship with, her happy disposition and drive to do her best are just 2 of the many qualities Leah brings to our practice and we couldn’t be happier that we get to keep her! Leah has wanted to work with animals since she was a child, and she is excited to be able to finally do so here at True North! Leah and her husband enjoy hiking and rollerblading in their free time, and they live in Conway with their cat and leopard gecko.

Kim Kaslow, Receptionist

Kim has been with our reception staff since May 2017. She lives in Conway with her husband and their 5 dogs. Kim has 5 grown children, and soon to be 7 grandchildren. She spent 20+ years as a breeder of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and is always thrilled to meet any new pups that may come through the door. Kim loves to be by the ocean, enjoys kayaking, and spends her quiet time exploring fiber arts.

Sarah Burke, Office Manager

Sarah is originally from southern NH. She moved to Conway and met her now husband, Curt in 2007. Sarah has many skills in the areas of organization, big-picture and yet detailed thinking, and excellent understanding of how to be a good human to all. Her attention to detail and ability to be helpful and kind to others is amazing. She is the backbone of the operation, keeping everyone flowing and able to flow. Divinity definitely moved her into our lives to make this venture possible. She now lives in Intervale with her husband, their 2 daughters, and one cat.