Franco Girouard, DVM
Born and brought up in New Brunswick, Canada, Dr. Franco Girouard was the youngest of six. Both his parents and three older brothers were all in the human medical field which influenced his decision to become a doctor. His love of animals however lead him to the veterinary side as he was always fascinated by biology of animals and medicine. He has always enjoyed the freedom of general medicine and the ability to treat all aspects of a patient from routine care to surgery.
Dr. Girouard attended undergraduate at Unversite’ de Moncton where he received a BSC in biology and a BA in psychology. From there he went on to St. Georges University of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada, West Indies for three years before finishing his medical rotations at Louisiana State University.
He currently has two domestic short hair cats Ti-gris and Jynxy. Dr. Girouard enjoys spending time with his wife, boating, snowmobiling, riding motorcycles and ATV’s. They also enjoy skiing, snow boarding, billards and traveling.
Melissa Kinnison, DVM (Medical Director)
Dr. Kinnison was born in Colorado and then moved to Milton, New Hampshire at the age of thirteen. Soon thereafter, she became a volunteer at the Milton Veterinary Clinic, where she witnessed a Caesarean section being performed. She was so inspired that she decided to pursue veterinary medicine as a career.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Wilson College in Pennsylvania and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University. She practiced at two other animal hospitals in New England before joining our team in 2007.
Dr. Kinnison appreciates all aspects of medicine and surgery but has particular interest in dermatology and internal medicine. She also has strong interest in small mammals, or what we refer to as “pocket pets”.
She aspires to learn more about animal behavior and how to make nervous patients less stressed at their visits to our hospital. Dr. Kinnison states that she “truly loves being able to participate in the human-animal bond. I also love fixing a problem and being able to enhance that animal’s life.”
Dr. Kinnison and her husband, Dave (Our Hospital Administrator), have two children, named Matt and Emily. She and her family love to travel together in their camper. She also enjoys hiking, gardening and reading. Her furry family members include a Beagle mix named Casey, a Golden named Clover and a cat named Jimmy J.
Kristina Rogers, DVM
Originally from Maine, Dr. Rogers gained her passion for veterinary medicine after growing up with her childhood Labrador named Abbie. Abbie had several different illnesses over the years and Dr. Rogers developed a strong interest in solving the puzzles of medicine and overcoming challenges of treatments.
Dr. Rogers graduated with Bachelors of Science from Bay Path University in Massachusetts. From there, she moved south and attended the University of Tennessee and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. While attending veterinary school she also became a first time owner of two horses, Wrangler and Wilbur along with two cats Fenway and Meeko.
Dr. Rogers has special interest in internal medicine, geriatric medicine along with preventative medicine and pain management. Her goal is to establish long term relationships with her patients and clients as well as become an accredited veterinarian by the USDA.
In her spare time, Dr. Rogers enjoys outdoor adventures including horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, and running. She also enjoys traveling, visiting national parks, line dancing, rodeos, country music and wearing cowboy boots!
Amy Tsoukalas, DVM
Dr. Amy Tsoulkalas is native to Dover, New Hampshire. The loss of her beloved family dog Emmitt to cancer stuck with her and helped drive her pursuit of becoming a veterinarian from an early age. Dr. Tsoulkalas obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire and went on to obtain her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Ross University.
Dr. Tsoulkalas is passionate about senior pets and the importance of general wellness programs. She has a special interest in surgery, pain management, and treating diabetes. She also recognizes the strong bond between people and their pets and strives to empower clients to make healthy choices that extend and enhance the quality of their animal’s life.
She continues to reside locally with her family, two cats (Violet and David), her incredibly special fifteen-year-old pug (Missy), and some fish to round out the crew. While in veterinary school, she became a certified scuba instructor and hopes to one day explore the Great Barrier Reef. In her spare time, she also enjoys reading, going to concerts, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends.