Meet The Team
Dr. Tracy Sands
Dr. Sands' Bio
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
Dr. Ruppert's Bio
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.
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!
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 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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