Meet Our Team

Meet the Experts Who Care For Your Pets


With years of experience and a passion for animal care, our Veterinarians are dedicated to building lasting relationships with both pets and their owners.

Our team of experienced veterinarians and staff are dedicated to delivering personalized and compassionate care to each and every patient, and we never turn down patients with limited budgets.

With a wide range of expertise in veterinary medicine, our team is equipped to handle all of your pet’s needs, from routine exams and vaccinations to complex medical procedures.

We take great pride in getting to know each of our patients and their families, and are committed to building lasting relationships based on trust and exceptional veterinary care.


Our Veterinarians

Raymond Maizel


Dr. Maizel joined Candlewood AH in March of 1989. He partnered with Dr. James Howell who started the practice in 1979. Their partnership lasted until Dr. Howell’s retirement in 2004. Since then he has had the privilege of having many associate veterinarians join the practice.

During his many years of practice, he has developed some special interests in behavioral counseling, PennHIP radiographic technique, and reproductive procedures. He cherishes his many long-term relationships he has developed with his clients, young and older, some of whom used to come to the office with their parents as children.

Dr. Maizel and his wife, Karen, are the proud parents of three grown children, Zachary, Liza, and Charlie. They are also very happy to be “grandparents” to the dogs, Abby, Brie, and cat, Pia. At home, they are down to only 2 cats, Mickey and Ezzie, after having owned 16 cats over the years, and a wonderful dog named Mandy.

When not at the office, Dr. Maizel enjoys traveling, eating good food at the many local eateries and watching Football (or as known in the US, Soccer) His favorite team is his, “Boys in Blue”, the NYCFC. He and Karen enjoy exploring the many wonders of nature both locally and around the world.

Katelyn Bakewell


Dr Bakewell was born and raised in New Milford CT. She went to the
University of Massachusetts for a degree in animal science before going to
The Ohio State University for Veterinary Medicine. She worked for 8 years
in Newtown, where he honed her skills in reproductive and rehabilitative
medicine. Her bubbly personality, and sense of humor, makes each visit
with her clients and patients, a most enjoyable experience.
She currently lives in New Milford CT with her husband Dave and her two
dogs and cats.
In her free time, she enjoys reading and baking and going for hikes with her
two dogs.

Team Members

You’ve met the doctors behind your care, now meet the team who makes it happen


Office Manager, Emeritus

Started at CAH in 1994 working as a kennel attendant, part time receptionist and began learning the technical side of Veterinary practice. After a brief stint in Rio Rancho, NM, she returned to CAH as office manager. She is in charge of all ordering, staff scheduling, and overseeing the day-to-day running of the practice. She along with her wife, Danielle, are the happy parents of 1 dog and 6 cats, all of which were rescues and saved by the team members here at CAH.


Office Manager

I started full-time as a receptionist in 2021, I have recently taken over the office manager responsibilities with Carolyn at my side. I am very excited to assume this new position and look forward to continuing the smooth running of Candlewood Animal Hospital. I reside in New Milford with my husband, Tim, my two children, and my dog. I enjoy traveling with my family. It has always been my dream to work around animals and now I do!


Veterinary Technician

Joined the practice in 1983 after working in the human nursing field. Brings an abundance of experience in pet care with a kind heart and true compassion. Her expertise is especially noticeable in her surgical nursing and recovery room care of her patients. She has 2 grown sons and is the proud grandma of Mackenzie and Madison. Along with husband Jack, she is the proud owner of 3 dogs and 2 cats.




Veterinary Technician

My name is Joanna and I have been at CAH for 8 plus years as a technician. I started working for a veterinarian in 1986. Since that time, I have worn many hats from kennel work to office manager. Over the years I have had many critters from feathered to furred. Currently Bump, our blind cat, rules the house!


Vet Assistant

Bio coming soon!


Kennel Manager

Began working at CAH in august 1996. Dolores cares for the kennel and kenneled pets. After providing for their needs, she makes sure everything in the hospital is organized and ready for operation the next morning.


Hello, my name is Connor. I joined the team at Candlewood Animal Hospital April 2022. I have personal experience keeping all kinds of exotic animals including reptiles, fish, birds, and small animals. I am currently attending school at Penn Foster to become a certified veterinary technician. My hobbies include Saltwater fish keeping, photography, and reading. I currently have 2 dogs, 4 ferrets, a bearded dragon, a leopard gecko, and a rabbit. When I’m not working, I like to spend my time learning about new animals, practicing photography, and watching marvel movies.


Receptionist/Vet Assistant

Bio coming soon!


Receptionist/Vet Assistant

Bio coming soon!



Bio coming soon!