Our Doctors

Dr. Maxon G Balmforth

Dr. Max graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Max opened the North Kingstown Animal Hospital in 1974. His interests include surgery, emergency care, chemotherapy, and care of the critically ill. Dr. Balmforth is now part time and enjoying time on his farm and traveling.

Dr. David Mandarini

Dr. Dave graduated from the University of Torine, Italy in 1989. He has been a veterinarian at the North Kingstown Animal Hospital for over 19 years and his interests include general veterinary care of cats and dogs.

Dr. Lisa Connor

Dr. Connor joined the NKAH team early in the fall of 2015. Born and raised in Southeastern Massachusetts, she initially obtained her business degree and held several successful administrative roles in the fields of venture capital, emergency medical transportation, and general health care. After the tragic events of 9/11, she decided to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a Veterinarian. In 2004, she moved to Rhode Island and enrolled the following year into the University of Rhode Island’s veterinary program. In May of 2013, she obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Atlantic Veterinary College on Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Dr. Connor practiced for two years locally working with companion animals and horses. She has particular interest in nutrition, dental prophylaxis, and alternative therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractics and laser therapy.

Outside of work, Lisa enjoys time at home on her family farm with two Great Pyrenees dogs, four cats, and four horses, a Belgian/Appaloosa gelding, Quarter Horse mare, Paint gelding and miniature gelding. Dr. Connor is an active member of the Great Pyrenees Club of America and enjoys attending local and regional dog shows. Boating with her family in the Salt Pond and trips to Block Island with the dogs are also a cherished pastime.

Dr. Mary Beth Armstrong

We are glad to have Dr. Mary on our team. She is very passionate about animal care and proves to be a team player.

Dr. Amy L. Hopper

Dr. Amy L. Hopper received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee in 1992. She is a member of the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association. Her special interests include preventive medicine and surgery, the human – animal bond and senior care.

Dr. Amanda Holmes

Dr. Holmes, a New England native received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT and obtained her doctorate of veterinary medicine from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine. She relocated to Newport, RI in 2011 and has spent the last 5 years practicing general medicine in RI and providing relief work in CT.

Dr. Holmes finds general practice rewarding and enjoys taking the time to get to know her patients and their pet parents. She practices low stress handling and wants each visit to be a positive experience for patients that builds on the human animal bond. Her goal is to partner with pet parents to provide the best possible care for patients during all life stages. She is a member of the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association and American Veterinary Medical Association. Her current veterinary interests include soft tissue surgery, dentistry, dermatology, pain management and ways that nutrition and holistic options can complement traditional treatments for chronic disease management.

In her free time Mandy enjoys hiking with her dogs, traveling, cooking, yoga, reading and watching movies. She shares her home with her husband Joe (architect), rescue dog Chief (epileptic lone wolf) and foster failure Luna (demolitions expert).

Meet the North Kingstown Animal Hospital Staff

Lorie Caruana

Practice Manager

Brynn Bradley

Lead Surgical Tech

Kim Ferland

Head Receptionist

Haley Milder

Doctor’s Tech

Caroline McElroy

Doctor’s Tech and Receptionist

Liz Miner

Treatment and Doctor’s Tech

Catherine Billings

Doctor’s Tech and Receptionist

Kristin Rosa C.V.T.

Certified Veterinary Technician

Hannah Nelson

Doctor’s Tech

Kerri Lamb

Kennel Assistant

Sarah D

Reception and Kennel Assistant

Lacey Anderson


Kristy Mureddu


Samantha Skuce

Vet Assistant