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, a town she adores! She moved to North Conway in 2002 from her home state of PA. She graduated from Penn State University with a BS in Animal Bioscience in 2001 and then trained service dogs for a year before the call of the mountains drew her north. Kate then 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 in 2007 and then worked at Fryeburg Veterinary Hospital from 2008-2015. Kate is honored to be a part of the lives of her patients and clients and is even more honored to work with an amazing staff to make it all happen. Kate has 2 daughters, 3 dogs, 1 cat, and a Russian tortoise. (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.

Kim Zulker, Licenced Veterinary Technician

Kim joined our team in 2018, 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. In 2019, after a couple of years of hard work, Kim graduated with Presidential Honors and received her AAS in Veterinary Technology, allowing her to become a licensed technician.  Outside of work, Kim enjoys hanging out with her 3 dogs Noodles, Ziggy, and Godfrey. She also participates in rally and agility competitions with her dog Godfrey and loves taking him to training classes.

Leah Perez, AVA

Leah joined our team in 2019 after graduating from Pen Foster’s Veterinary Assistant Program. Her ability to make us laugh is unparalleled, and her drive to learn is inspiring. She is currently enrolled in Penn Foster’s Veterinary Technician Program and is doing an amazing job of balancing school, work, and life. On her days off she likes to keep herself busy doing crafts like painting, macrame, and making jewelry. She and her husband live in Conway with their two cats, Beans and Judas, and their two leopard geckos, Miso and Sloan.

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.

Leigha Cicchetto, AVA

Leigha lives in Berlin NH, and has two dogs, two cats and a horse. (Fred, Lady, Storm, Bandit, and Faya) She would have more animals if allowed, but her fiancé says “no way!”. She likes horseback riding, riding ATV’s and just being outside. Music is her escape from reality, and it is always playing in the background. Leigha graduated from White Mountain Community College’s Veterinary Assistant program and is now working as an Approved Veterinary Assistant. She has always wanted to work with animals and is so happy to finally be pursuing her dream with True North.

Molly Miller, Receptionist

Molly is from North Conway and she just came to us this past November. In the future she hopes to further her education in veterinary medicine, but as of right now she is happy being our receptionist and absorbing as much knowledge as she can from the rest of our amazing team. Molly is the happy face that greets you once we can let people back in the building, and the sweet voice that greets you via phone. She spends her free time skiing and hanging out with friends. She has one dog, Piper, who she loves very much.

Jennifer Fargo, Veterinary Assistant

Jen has lived in the Mount Washington Valley for 6 years and came to true north after working at Fryeburg Veterinary Hospital. She originally went to school for exercise science, but after volunteering at Conway Area Humane Society and working in dog daycare she found her passion for working with animals. Her goal is to combine her education with experience in the veterinary field to pursue canine physical therapy. In her free time she enjoys hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and anything else outdoors. She lives in North Conway with her dog Sawyer and cat Moxie.