Meet The Team

Dr. Tracy Sands

Veterinarian, Owner

Dr. Sands' Bio

Dr. Sands grew up on a hobby sheep farm in Bedford County, Pennsylvania with many pets. Her love of animals and desire to help people persisted, and her passion has taken her all the way to her current position as full-time Veterinarian and Owner of Healing Paws Veterinary Care!

Tracy attended the University of Delaware, where she met her husband, and then continued to the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. Dr. Sands worked in several different types of veterinary practices as an associate, and based on her desire to make the veterinary experience more comfortable for pets and owners alike, she chose to branch out and open her mobile practice, Healing Paws Veterinary Care. With the growth of that practice, she found that she enjoyed developing a team of individuals who are extremely dedicated to serving clients and their pets and wanted to offer even more to the Carlisle area. This led to the design process of our permanent veterinary care and boarding facility. Dr. Sands is passionate about becoming a certified Fear Free practice and is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners.

At home, Dr. Sands lives with her husband, a school administrator who also shoulders most of the work on their farm, and their young son and daughter. The family has two cats, three dogs, two llamas, three peacocks, chickens, and about 30 wool sheep. When time allows between her family, pets, and work, Dr. Sands like knitting, sheep showing, and dabbling in photography.

Hilary S.

Veterinary Nurse, Assistant Manager

Hilary's Bio

Hilary is originally from Spring, Texas, where she grew up riding horses and raising market lambs with the Future Farmers of America organization. For her, animal care is a natural and essential part of life! She’s proud to continue her veterinary journey as part of the Healing Paws Veterinary Care family.

After earning her degree in animal science with an emphasis in equine studies, Hilary moved to Germany in 2013 for her husband’s military career. She was thrilled to accept a position as a Veterinary Technician there and jumpstart her career in private practice. Recently, the couple moved back to the United States and settled here in Carlisle. Hilary joined the Healing Paws Veterinary Care team shortly afterward as a Veterinary Technician and Executive Assistant—she loves learning new things every day and is especially passionate about passing on her knowledge to the area’s pet owners.

At home, Hilary and her husband live with two dogs of their own: Chandler, a German Shepherd that they’ve had since puppyhood; and a Boxer mix named Buddy with a Scooby-Doo-like personality. When she’s not caring for the area’s pets or spending time with her own four-legged companions, Hilary can be found volunteering with nonprofits or horseback riding. She even used to volunteer at an equine therapy facility in Georgia, where she was able to get even the most distrustful horses to become comfortable with humans.

Alec F.

Client Care Specialist

Alec's Bio

Alec is new to our clinic but not to the area, as he’s originally from Carlisle, Pennsylvania! He gravitated to Healing Paws Veterinary Care because of their love and passion for pet care. Alec has quickly fallen in love with the atmosphere and dedication of his associates, the pets, and their pet parents in the area.

Alec, in need of a job while attending West Chester University, stumbled upon the veterinary field and has been in love with it ever since. Alec has two beautiful cats, Sydney who he rescued from the mean streets of Philadelphia, and a more recent rescue, “Kitten”, who was rescued a year ago. You can usually find Alec involved in anything competitive, being in the great outdoors, or attend the local festivals. He recently picked up Disc Golf as a hobby and has already found himself playing in a few tournaments.

Alec’s favorite part of working in the veterinary field is assisting all the pets and their families. Whether it’s with a friendly voice and some much-needed information over the phone or being like a member of the family helping them in their home. Alec believes that if you love what you do you never work a day in your life and he brings that with him to work every day. He’s been an excellent addition to our close-knit team.

Dr. Geof Ruppert


Dr. Ruppert's Bio

Dr. Ruppert and Dr. Sands have been friends for years when they used to show wool sheep together. While he works at Healing Paws part-time, he also practices veterinary medicine in Maryland. As a Veterinarian, Dr. Ruppert enjoys having a positive influence on people’s lives each day through the care he gives their animals. Dr. Ruppert is a Fear Free certified professional who has a passion for handling his patients with great care. In his spare time, he is a well known breeder of wool sheep and a talented banjo player!

Brandi C.

Pet Care Specialist

Brandi's Bio

Animals have always gravitated towards Brandi. A Carlisle native, Brandi grew up with a variety of pets but has been most inspired by her very own dog, Carli. Carli is described as being too smart for her own good! The now senior Labrador Retriever is the first dog that Brandi took the reins in training. Watching Carli and other animals learn new things is an exciting part of the animal care profession to her.

When Brandi is not busy caring for your pets at Healing Paws, you can find her outdoors hunting and fishing. She’s known for having a great shot!

Chloe F.

Pet Care Specialist

Chloe's Bio

Chloe loves working with both people and animals. Her goal in her work is to touch the lives of pets and their families by being a trustworthy caregiver. Chloe is a Carlisle native who enjoys kayaking, hiking, and playing with all of her beloved pets to include a dog, goats, chinchillas and guinea pigs! When Chloe is not busy caring for your furry family members, she enjoys running marathons and attending school to become a teacher.

Zoe W.

Lead Pet Care Specialist

Zoe's Bio

Zoe became an animal professional after discovering the incredible bond humans and animals share. She enjoys caring for the four-legged creatures that give us so much. This was strengthened further by her love of the sport of dressage and the partnership horse and rider share in the ring. When Zoe is not busy ensuring your pets are spoiled in our resort, she spends time clicker training her own cat, Katze, gardening, and hiking!

Jessica L.

Client Care Specialist

Jessica's Bio

Jessica got her start working with animals years ago at a feline-only veterinary clinic. Working in this position helped her realize her passion for caring for pets and pet owners. Here at Healing Paws she enjoys building relationships with clients and ensuring they have a comfortable and welcoming experience. At home, Jess has two mixed breed dogs that keep her on her toes as well as 2 bearded dragons named Rex and Peg. When not at Healing Paws, Jess enjoys spending as much time with her family as possible and spending time outdoors!

Jenn K.

Veterinary Nurse

Jenn's Bio

Bio coming soon!

Sarah N.

Veterinary Assistant

Sarah's Bio

Sarah recently graduated from Wilson College with aspirations to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Her lifelong passion for animals and interest in medicine lead her to take this path, as well as the inspiration she felt back in high school when she first shadowed a Veterinary Technician. Something she really enjoys in her job is educating clients and learning about pet nutrition. When she is not at Healing Paws, Sarah enjoys weight lifting, horseback riding and spending time with her dog Penny and rabbit Jinxx.

Kathy C.

Client Care Specialist, Bookkeeper

Kathy's Bio

Bio coming soon!

Jackie A

Pet Care Specialist

Jackie's Bio

Jackie came to Healing Paws after a long career in education, looking to pursue something different that still allowed her to be caring, grow and learn. Growing up, her family rescued many animals, but most recently she says she was rescued by her own cat, Sassy! When she is not busy being a team player at Healing Paws, she enjoys gardening and challenging herself to new experiences and adventures!

Shawn M.

Client Care Specialist

Shawn's Bio

Bio coming soon!

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