Elizabeth Johnson, VMD — Chief of Staff
Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, our Chief of Staff, attended West Chester University for her undergraduate degree, and the University of Pennsylvania for her DVM degree. Prior to joining the Lexington-Bedford Veterinary Hospital team in September 2016, she was working at an animal health company that produces generic medication for pets. She was also co-founder and CEO of a company that provided continuing education for those that deal with animals in a professional setting. She has done relief work all over the country throughout the years, and has always remained a practicing veterinarian at least one day a week.
Dr. Johnson enjoys soft tissue surgery, managing critical care patients, and has a special soft spot for cats (she's also worked in a feline-only practice for 5 years and loved it). Outside of work, Dr. Johnson enjoys gardening, cross stitching, and writing novelettes. She has two dogs, three cats, and two human children.
Claudia Banks, DVM
Dr. Banks has been a dedicated veterinarian at Lexington-Bedford Veterinary Hospital since 1996. She grew up near Dusseldorf, Germany, and now resides in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Dr. Banks undertook her veterinary studies first at Free University of Berlin and then at Oklahoma State University. She joined us here shortly after immigrating to the US and we are so pleased she chose to practice at Lexington-Bedford Veterinary Hospital.
Dr. Banks is interested in surgery, dentistry and working together with her clients to provide a long lasting, healthy and enjoyable human-pet relationship. In her spare time Dr. Banks enjoys gardening, woodworking, swimming and reading. She also likes spending time with her husband and young children, Cheyenne and Conor, as well as their cat Jack.
Megan Connolly, DVM
Dr. Megan Connolly was born in Waltham, MA and has been a resident of Nashua, NH all her life. Megan completed her undergraduate studies at the University of New Hampshire where she was also a member of the women’s basketball team all four years. She received her DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine at St. George’s University in 2012. Her three preclinical years took place in Grenada, West Indies and her final clinical year was attended at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
After completing veterinary school and receiving her degree, Dr. Connolly moved back to New England with hopes of starting her career in veterinary medicine close to home. She began as an associate veterinarian at Bedford Animal Hospital for almost 2 years, and has been an associate veterinarian at Windham Animal Hospital for the past 3 years. Her medical interests range from soft tissue surgery, ultrasound, large breed medicine, pain management to feline medicine.
Dr. Connolly has a large family residing in both NH and MA with whom she spends a lot of time with. She loves to play the guitar and listen to music, enjoys the beach, has an interest in traveling and loves spending time with her dogs and cats. She is excited to be working in the Lexington area and looks forward to meeting Lexington-Bedford Veterinary Hospital’s wonderful patients and their owners.
Thea Doidge, DVM
Dr. Thea Doidge grew up in Eugene, OR and currently resides in Arlington, MA. She received an undergraduate degree from Reed College and earned a DVM degree from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Prior to joining the Lexington-Bedford Veterinary Hospital team, Dr. Doidge completed an internship in small animal medicine, which included spending time in the exoctics department at Angell Animal Medical Center. She also practiced at Littleton Animal Hospital. Dr. Doidge is experienced in the treatment of exotic pets such as small mammals, birds, and reptiles. Her special interests include dentistry, internal medicine, and care of geriatric pets. She has a special soft spot for grouchy old cats.
Outside of work, Dr. Doidge enjoys gardening, hiking, camping, and spending time with her husband and two small humans. She also shares her home with two ancient cats.
Christine L. Johnston, DVM — Retired
After 37 years at Lexington-Bedford Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Johnston has retired. Read her farewell letter here.
Dr. Johnston received her undergraduate degree from Clark University in 1972 and her DVM degree from Cornell University in 1980. She joined us here shortly after graduating. Her medical interests include internal medicine and endocrinology.
In her spare time, Dr. Johnston's enjoys dog obedience training, birding, gardening and natural history travel. She also enjoys spending time with her friends, family and pets, which include a Corgi and a cat.