Meet Our Doctors in Windham

Looking for Windham veterinarians who care for their patients as if they were their own pets? Look no further than Canobie Lake Veterinary Hospital. Our doctors love what they do and have a genuine interest in making and keeping pets well. If you have any questions about our veterinarians, or if you’d like to make an appointment, give us a call at 603-898-8982.

Melissa Magnuson


Dr. Melissa Magnuson is a native of southern Minnesota, where she grew up on a small pig and cattle farm. Ever since she can remember, she’s wanted to be a veterinarian and fulfill her lifelong passion of helping animals. With a degree in biology and philosophy from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, she went on to work on a master’s degree at Southern Mississippi University. From there, she completed her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota in 1998.

Her internship in small animal medicine, surgery, and emergency medicine brought her to the east coast. She has a special interest in surgery, emergency medicine, and avian and exotic animal care. Because she absolutely LOVES veterinary medicine, she never feels like she’s at work. She feels very lucky to have found her passion.

Dr. Magnuson is married to her best friend, Andy, with whom she has three beautiful daughters. Her pets include four dogs, three cats, a bird, a bearded dragon, and a guinea pig. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family outdoors, biking, hiking, swimming, and reading.

Patti Dressel


Dr. Patti Dressel is a New England native. She grew up in Massachusetts and completed her Bachelor of Science degree in pre-vet/animal sciences from the University of Vermont. She then moved to Colorado to continue her education and fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian. She earned a Master of Science degree in anatomy and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University.

After graduating from veterinary school, she worked in a large 24-hour general practice/emergency clinic in Baltimore, MD, for two and half years. She then worked in southern New Hampshire at another large practice for several years. Her passions include the diagnosis and treatment of complicated cases, surgery, and emergency medicine. Developing and maintaining a client bond is also very important to her.

Dr. Dressel is happy to be back in New England, closer to family and friends. Her family is very important to her and includes her husband, Rob; daughter, Ryleigh; and son, Evan. She also has three rescued animals: two mixed breed dogs named Kezar and Kyna and a cat named Keagan. In her spare time, you may find her at a Patriots or Red Sox game, as she was born and raised a New England sports fan, and this has never changed. She also enjoys spending time outdoors, especially with her family.

Katie Handley


Bio Coming Soon.

Catherine Reese

DVM, Diplomate ACVS

Meet our travelling surgeon.

After graduating from Cornell University in 1991, Dr. Reese attended Tufts University’s School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1995. She then completed an internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston in 1996 and a small animal surgical residency at Cornell University in 1999. After her residency, she returned to Angell as a staff surgeon for almost 12 years, where she was also the director of the Surgery Residency Program and trained over 30 new board-certified surgeons. She was board certified as a specialist in small animal surgery by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2001. In addition, she is a member of the AVMA, MVMA, NHVMA, the Society for Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery, the Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology, and the Veterinary Orthopedic Society.

Dr. Reese brings extensive experience in the field of advanced animal surgery to our staff. Her skills are diverse and include orthopedic, neurologic, and soft tissue procedures. These procedures include advanced fracture repair, laryngeal tieback surgery, brachycephalic airway correction, persistent right aortic arch surgery, thoracic duct ligation and cisterna chyli ablation for idiopathic chylothorax, lateral and ventral bulla osteotomy, skin grafting, oncologic surgery, patella luxation repair, and cranial cruciate ligament repair. She was certified to perform the Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) procedure for cranial cruciate ligament repair in 2000 and was one of the first surgeons in New England to perform Tibial Tuberosity Advancements (TTAs) for cranial cruciate ligament repair beginning in 2002. She prides herself on providing compassionate care for her patients and open communication with her clients.

Dr. Reese lives in the Boston area with her son and husband. In her rare free time, she enjoys traveling, gardening, softball, and golf.

Lauren Soucey


Dr. Soucey grew up in Windham, New Hampshire, but now resides in Auburn, New Hampshire with her boyfriend and two cats. She had a passion for animals at a very young age and dedicated many years working towards her lifelong goal of becoming a veterinarian. Her journey began by receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire in Durham. From UNH, she went on to Ross University in St. Kitts for her pre-clinical schooling and then completed her clinical year at the University of Tennessee, graduating in May of 2018.

Dr. Soucey loves many aspects of veterinary medicine but has a special interest in internal medicine, soft tissue surgery and canine rehabilitation. She looks forward to learning something new each day to provide the best medicine for her patients. She especially loves interacting with clients and their pets!

In her spare time, she loves being with her two cats. She hopes to add a dog to her family soon! She enjoys spending time with family, baking, watching the Boston Bruins, traveling, and spending time at Old Orchard Beach.

Leigh Dyal


Dr. Dyal Graduated from Tufts Veterinary School in 1994, followed by a Small Animal Internship at Angell Memorial Medical Center. After spending several years in general practice, Dr. Dyal found that emergency cases held a special interest for her and she joined Bulger Animal Hospital for 11 years, working for their Essex County Veterinary Emergency Hospital service. When Rockingham Emergency Veterinary Hospital opened in 2009, she joined their team and continued seeing emergency cases. After 23 years in emergency medicine, her interests have shifted so that now she wants to provide preventative and wellness-focused medicine that allows for long-term relationships with her patients and their guardians.