Your Cape Cod Veterinarian
We look forward to seeing you soon! Get to know the amazing team at Leach Animal Hospital and why we love what we do so much.
Meet the Team at
Leach Animal Hospital
At Leach Animal Hospital, you will find a compassionate and dedicated team of professional staff who will pay attention to the unique concerns of each pet owner. They offer quality medical care to your companions in a friendly, state-of-the-art atmosphere.
Dr. Jonathan Leach, VMD
Dr. Leach’s practice has a commitment to providing quality veterinary care throughout the life of your companion. He has built a team of skilled veterinarians who offer a diverse set of services and special interests so that we can help your pet live the longest, healthiest life possible. Dr. Leach’s family holds a legacy of keeping animal companions healthy since 1933 when his father began his practice as the first veterinarian on Cape Cod. While observing his father throughout childhood, Dr. Leach nurtured a natural talent and his love for vet medicine. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University for his undergraduate degree. Then he studied reproductive physiology at the University of Massachusetts before attending the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his VMD. Since then he has gained both clinical expertise in a hospital setting and field experience at racetracks, even serving as a veterinarian for a Kentucky Derby horse in 1984. He loves treating all conditions, but his special interests include cruciate surgery, chronic ear conditions, and lameness in geriatric patients. Dr. Leach has practiced both equine and small animal medicine for three decades and is very proud to offer quality care from a family practice on Cape Cod. He now lives in Marstons Mills with his family and pets, all of whom have a unique role in helping to develop and operate Leach Animal Hospital.
Dr. Brianna Gilman, DVM
Dr. Brianna Gilman studied animal science at the University of Rhode Island and then earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Within our practice, she is especially fond of performing dental procedures. Outside of our veterinary practice, Dr. Gilman also specializes in MagnaWave treatments. Magnawave machines create a pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) which is an alternative treatment to reduce inflammation and create other positive impacts on the animal body. Dr. Gilman is also an accomplished equestrian and also is a dog mom to two rescued pit bulls.
Dr. Kimberley Khodakhah, VMD
Dr. Khodakhah earned her undergraduate degree at Rutgers University and completed her veterinary doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. At our office, Dr. Khodakhah is especially interested in preventative medicine to keep your pets healthy as well as managing older pet diseases. In addition to her routine veterinary duties, Dr. K, as we like to call her, has dedicated her life to offering her vet skills to underserved communities, both in the United States as well as internationally. She frequently makes trips to help in spay and neuter clinics and provide life-saving resources to animals in need all around the globe. Dr. K also serves as a mentor to others in the veterinary field, providing support, encouragement, and career advice to advance the field of medicine!
Alie is a longtime dog lover, horse trainer, and equestrian. She has traveled the country throughout her life to manage barns, assist farm owners, and get horses into award-winning shape. Her reputation for a hardcore work ethic and success with animals luckily landed her with our practice when she decided to return to her roots on Cape Cod, and she enjoys helping all facets of our clinic run efficiently. She is especially talented at keeping our surgery running smoothly and safely. Alie and her partner Dan are kept in line by two enormous (but friendly!) dogs at home.
Andrea has worked as a vet technician at Leach Animal Hospital for as long as anyone can remember! She has lent a hand with everything from small animal care in our office to horse calls at the race track. She is a busy mom who runs between her three grown boys (all much taller than she is) and her husband at home, the barn where she enjoys riding her horse Gretchen, and walking her dogs on the beach. In addition to her longtime commitment to veterinary medical care, she is our resident rockstar and lead voice of the local band, The Half Shells, performing everywhere from Plymouth to outer Cape.
Bryna has been a longtime client and friend of the Leach Animal Hospital doctors and staff, having worked for other doctors in our practice, and adopting many pets and caring for horses over the years. Dr. Leach began taking care of her first horse when she was twelve years old! After majoring in elementary education at UMASS Amherst, Bryna worked for two decades for families all over Cape Cod, and we are now finally lucky enough to have her join our staff as a veterinary receptionist. We love Bryna not only for her spectacular personality and drive but also for her intense passion for animals of all species. Always jumping to adopt a pet when the opportunity arises, she is well known as the top Pet Mom! She is also a very talented rider. Bryna lives in Marstons Mills with her husband and the goofy trio of smooshy-faced dogs, Ridley, Buddy, and Charlie.
Caitlin’s relationship with the Leach family began many years ago, but she officially began working at the vet hospital in 2010. A Cape Cod native, she has been involved in veterinary technician work all her working life and has been riding and working with horses for more than two decades. Prior to working full time at the vet hospital, Caitlin spent four years on Vieques, which is a Caribbean Island off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico. While she adventured there, she worked as an adoption coordinator and vet technician for Vieques Humane Society, and she ran horseback riding tours with an ecotourism company. She worked with us intermittently between island time until she returned to us full time in 2014 and worked with us for over eight years as a lead technician and ultimately technician supervisor. Caitlin recently moved to Grenada to attend vet school, and she plans to return to us each summer to work in our hospital while she studies to earn her veterinary doctorate!
Cassie joined our staff in the summer of 2021 when COVID caused some serious overflow! She is a veteran Dog Mom with many adoptions and canine friends to her name. Cassie’s dream is to gain skills in vet medicine and earn a CVT (the equivalent of a veterinary nurse!) and has already found her way into assisting in surgery! Cassie lives in Mashpee with her partner Taylor and their wonderful menagerie of pets.
You may recognize Courtney (Welch) from a few years back when she worked as a technician for our hospital before she took a year-long, grand adventure and hiatus from our clinic out to Colorado. In the mountains, her heart was captured by man and dog, and she returned to us before long with both. Now happily married to her husband Jason right here on the Cape, and building a family (both human and pup!), we are excited to bear witness to Courtney’s hilarious sense of humor and gentle touch with our patients.
As our front desk supervisor, Diane brings leadership skills and lifelong talents in client care, reception, and technician work. She has returned to her roots on Cape Cod to extend her talents in veterinary medicine, leaving behind a career in non-profit and corporate work in Pennsylvania. She has a long history with training service dogs and was the caretaker of famed and beloved therapy dog ‘Mo’ all over the Cape. She also has volunteered and fostered for several rescues, and has helped to place many pups in their fur-ever homes. Diane has two grown children, cats, and dogs, and she enjoys boating, music, yoga, and playing with her many adopted canine companions at the beach.
Hailey is new to the veterinary medicine world but is no stranger to animal companionship, as she has TEN pets including dogs, cats, and reptiles! A lifelong Cape Codder, Hailey really prides herself on excellent animal care and is loving learning about helping to run a busy vet hospital. Artistically inclined, Hailey spreads her talents in many creative ways and has brought a refreshing angle to our office team.
Jessie has been a longtime client of Dr. Leach with both her dogs and horses. As a rider and a dog lover, she always appreciated Dr. Leach’s “teacher” style, allowing her to help with assessments and enjoying the medicine behind the visits. After a few years of living out in Alaska, she and her two German short-haired pointers made their way back to Cape where she was born. She finally had her opportunity to fulfill her dream to work for our practice, and has begun learning the ins and outs of a busy vet clinic! An accomplished hiker in some of the most scenic spots, Jessie loves to spend her time outdoors and hike with her two best fur-iends Miley and Hobbs.
Jody came to us in 2021 as a California native with many years of living abroad in Germany with family. After moving to the east coast right around the COVID shutdown, she was looking to work with animals again and tripped across us just in the knick of time! Jody is naturally outgoing and loves to handle pets. She’s found a great place to grow with us and is working toward the goal of learning new and fascinating things in our clinic.
Kristen holds the title of Team Member with Most Photos Taken with Puppies, ever! With a solid background in customer service, she joined our clinic to calm the chaos of a busy hospital’s front desk but soon also found value in the actual patient care itself. She helps with both on a daily basis and never misses a chance to tell every dog and cat that she loves them.
Kristin came aboard our practice in 2022 as a veterinary technician with nearly two decades of experience working with animals in both the medical and grooming fields. She has worked as a veterinary technician for fourteen years and has held positions as director of veterinary nursing at Banfield Pet Hospital. She is certified as a fear-free vet technician and hopes to help the rest of our staff trained as well. Fairly new to the Cape, Kristin is excited to be a part of our medical care team and we are excited to have her expertise add to the award-winning care that we provide. Kristin lives in East Falmouth with her family and enjoys the beachside lifestyle with her 3 cats and 2 dogs.
Lilly is a Cape Cod native with wide background knowledge of the local ecosystem. Her dream is to save the bees! While working toward her career start as a beekeeper, she came to us in 2021 to learn more about animal medicine and is already a valuable asset to our team. She loves spending rainy nights curled up by the fire with her two cats, Lucifer and Sir Squish.
Associate Practice Manager
Lindsay has worked for Dr. Leach’s animal hospital as a veterinary technician since 2007 and is now associate practice manager. She also works as a marine biologist and science educator, splitting her time between three offices –the Atlantic Ocean, the veterinary hospital, and classrooms on the south shore of Massachusetts. Between these three spaces, she supports her passion for caring for companion animals and marine wildlife. She holds a B.A. in biology and a Master’s Degree in emergency management. She also is certified with a DESE teaching license in the state of Massachusetts and loves to teach clients how to best care for their pets! Lindsay holds a Fear Free certification and especially appreciates helping senior pets and those that are anxious and stressed during vet visits. Outside the animal world, Lindsay enjoys the salty Cape Cod beaches, all things wild, and helping to manage the veterinary practice staff, all of whom she considers to be family.
Lisa is what we like to call our OG staff. She has been a talented Leach Animal Hospital fixture since our office first opened in the early 2000’s. Having put the paint on the walls and establishing original protocols for our vet tech staff, she has developed a skill set that we just can’t live without! Lisa studied at Northeastern University and is a licensed vet tech, but with a deep interest in dentistry, she has gone on to also earn a dental hygienist certification for humans as well! She balances both human and animal medicine and you can find her frequently performing dental cleanings on our many canine and feline patients.
Lori joined our practice in 2021 to help with the COVID pet overflow. She has experience working in other veterinary clinical settings as well and especially enjoys working on ‘odd pets’ like reptiles. She has even rescued boa constrictors, which get along very well with her two young girls!
Megan earned her degree in Veterinary Technology and has worked in dog training, pet sitting, and veterinary client care. Her fun, quirky nature and her best canine friend Eli are great assets to our team!
Michelle comes to us with five years’ experience providing technician help at other local veterinary hospitals. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is very good at offering excellent detailed record-keeping and medical notes. She also has a background in-home care and as a CNA at the famous Brigham and Women’s and Children’s Hospitals, so we are very confident in her careful and compassionate care. Michelle loves day trips, crafting, and interior decorating, and she especially appreciates the tiniest patients, like her 3-pound senior pup, Lilly!
Susan began working as a veterinary technician at our hospital in 2010 after years of experience at a veterinary clinic in Connecticut. She moved forward in our practice as the office manager and balances that extensive role while continuing to use her skills as a vet technician. Susan enjoys riding her horse Zeus and spending time with her four grown children and her grandchildren.
Victoria grew up on Cape Cod and has always been a fan of all things cute and fluffy. She recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in animal science and currently is continuing to advance her education in science, pursuing her career in human medicine while also finding time to provide tech help to our hospital on the weekends. An award-winning Irish step-dancer, Victoria brings tenacity and a strong work ethic along with a healthy dose of compassion to our team!
Abbey has worked in veterinary medicine for about two years but maintains a lifelong commitment to all things animal. She earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science at the University of Rhode Island and has a great interest in surgery and emergency medical cases. She thinks well on her feet and enjoys dealing with the more stressful side of the clinical world. Abbey aspires to become a certified veterinary technician and is currently working toward her Fear Free certification. She lives in Sandwich with a German Shepherd and two cats.
Jillian has many years of experience as a veterinary assistant and in shelter work. She has managed barns and worked directly with animal behavioral and rescue teams. Confident in working with exotic animals, she routinely gives care for rabbits, birds, reptiles, guinea pigs, and more. On the side, she is an extremely talented crafter and we look forward to her artistic wares. Her handling skills are also exceptional, ranging care for animals from two pounds to two thousand! Jill is certified in equine sports massage and wants nothing more than to make a positive impact in animals’ lives.