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.

Dr. Geof Ruppert

Veterinarian
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!

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.

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!

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!

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!

Kathy C.

Client Care Specialist, Bookkeeper
Kathy's Bio
Bio coming soon!

Amanda H.

Certified/Registered Veterinary Technician
Amanda's Bio
Amanda is a Certified/Registered Veterinary Technician and Fear Free Certified professional. A lover of animals, Amanda has been a Seeing Eye puppy raiser for years and through her volunteer work, has come to appreciate the impact animals can have on people’s lives through the incredible bonds they create. As a veterinary technician, she advocates for the optimal health care of her patients and enjoys educating owners on how to properly care for their pets so that they can lead long, happy lives. Most of all, she enjoys new puppy appointments where she can thoroughly discuss care, nutrition, and behavior.

When she is not at Healing Paws, Amanda spends time with her dog (Whistly), and cats (Batman and Smokey). Whistly was the second Seeing Eye puppy she raised who came back to live with Amanda as a pet when she went into early retirement. Soon, she will welcome her seventh Seeing Eye puppy (Oofie), back into her family as well. Her other hobbies include being a 4-H Puppy Development Leader for Seeing Eye puppies and being involved in other 4-H programs as well. She serves on the local 4-H board of directors of Adams County and works closely with fundraising, public relations, and getting new programs up and running, such as a veterinary science program for kids. 4-H is a program close to Amanda’s heart, and she is happy to give kids the opportunity to become more involved with animals and their community as she compassionately role models herself.

Claire N.

Clinic Assistant
Claire's Bio
Claire Neiberg is a Clinic Assistant. Her family has been with Healing Paws since the beginning, and she loves the morals and values the clinic upholds. Claire is currently in school for secondary education, so she loves interacting with people and teaching them new things. She was drawn to Healing Paws because she believes animals can change people’s lives for the better. At the clinic, she enjoys playing with the boarding/daycare dogs and cats as well as keeping all of the paperwork organized, creating spreadsheets, and taking notes.

Claire was born in China and has moved many times but considers Carlisle her home. Her family has a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (Max), as well as two cats (Hugo and Twinkle). Claire also has a betta fish, Caliban. While she loves all of them, Hugo is Claire’s favorite pet. She helped pick him out when she was four years old, and he spends every night curled up by her neck. In the future, she would love to own and train a therapy dog to provide comfort and support to those who need it. When she is not at Healing Paws, Claire is an avid writer and photographer. She has won several awards for her work and has opened up her own photography business. She loves how both of her passions work together to tell as story, and the pets at Healing Paws are some of her favorite subjects to photograph. Claire also loves to keep busy with cooking, calligraphy, and traveling.

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