Meet The Team

 

Dr. Tracy Sands

Dr. Tracy Sands

Veterinarian, Owner

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.

Hilary S.

Veterinary Nurse, Executive Assistant

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.

Lisa S.

Lisa S.

Certified Veterinary Technician

Lisa became a CVT in 1998 in order to help those who cannot speak for themselves – our furry friends! Throughout her career, she has made many strong relationships with both clients and their pets alike. Client education is one of Lisa’s favorite parts of her career. At home, Lisa has a dog named Katie as well as two orange tabby cats with very different personalities. When Lisa is not busy helping animals and pet owners, she likes to fish, garden and visit Pittsburgh any chance she gets!
Alec F.

Alec F.

Client Care Specialist

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.

Zoe W.

Zoe W.

Lead Pet Care Specialist

Bio coming soon!

Brandi C.

Brandi C.

Pet Care Specialist

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!

Mikayla K.

Mikayla K.

Pet Care Specialist

Mikayla loves all animals big and small and enjoys being able to socialize them with others and introduce them to new things using positive reinforcement. Her three dogs Sonny, Massey, and Turbo each have unique personalities and quirks that keep life interesting! Mikayla is experienced in showing cattle and has received Grand and Reserve Grand Champion awards for market steers. Working with such large animals has inspired her animal-care career even further. She thoroughly enjoys keeping a watchful eye on all of the animals she interacts with to ensure their health and happiness. Because of this, she is studying to receive her veterinary technician license.

Chloe F.

Chloe F.

Pet Care Specialist

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.

Sami W.

Sami W.

Pet Care Specialist

Bio coming soon!

Matthew T.

Matthew T.

Client Care Specialist, Pet Care Specialist and Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!

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