Welcome to North Paws Animal Hospital
Your Veterinarian in Hagerstown,MD
Call us at (240) 513-6030

Pet Emergency? Call us right away at (240) 513-6030!

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NorthPaws Animal Hospital is owned and operated by Dr. Deanna Becker. We provide complete medical and surgical care for dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets and smaller pets. It is our mission and privilege to provide your loved pet with the kind of exceptional, personalized and affordable health care that we expect for our own pets. We are conveniently located on Leitersburg Pike in Hagerstown, Maryland. We hope to see you soon!

If you live in Hagerstown or the surrounding area and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your pets – look no further. Our Doctors is a licensed MD veterinarian, treating all types of pets. Your pets’ health and wellbeing are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your animals the care they deserve.

North Paws Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital and welcomes both emergency treatment cases as well as pet patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care. Our Doctors has years of experience treating serious conditions and offering regular pet wellness care. Beyond first-rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and calm, so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting our Hagerstown veterinarian.

We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative pet care is essential to the ongoing success of your animal’s health. If you have any questions, call (240) 513-6030 or email us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our Hagerstown veterinarian office is very easy to get to -- just check out the map below! We also welcome you to subscribe to our newsletter, which is created especially for Hagerstown pet owners.

At North Paws Animal Hospital, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Our Doctors
Hagerstown Veterinarian | North Paws Animal Hospital | (240) 513-6030

21257 Leitersburg Pike
Hagerstown, MD 21742

Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Office Hours

Monday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Deanna Becker
    Owner/Veterinarian

    Dr. Deanna Becker was raised in Hagerstown, Maryland and graduated from St. Maria Goretti High School. In 1995, she graduated from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) in Westminster, MD with a degree in Biology. For her first four years after college, Dr. Becker worked full-time as a molecular biologist doing HIV research in Gaithersburg, MD and part-time in the evenings as a Veterinary Technician.

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  • Dr.
    Regina Liskey
    Veterinarian

    Regina Liskey is a 2013 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia. She practiced in Winchester, Virginia for 5 years before moving to Hagerstown. She is excited to join the team at NorthPaws Animal Hospital! Dr. Liskey is passionate about veterinary medicine and providing a positive experience for pet owners and beloved pets alike. She provides general medical and surgical care for her patients and has completed advanced training in dentistry and ultrasonography. Dr. Liskey loves spending time with her husband, Tom, and their son, Colt. Together they have four cats and three dogs.

  • Dr.
    Emily Lantzsch
    Veterinarian

    I am a Pennsylvania native, growing up in the northeastern corner in the town of Honesdale. I spent my childhood on a dairy farm, where I was able to have and care for animals of all different species. I knew from a young age that I was destined to be a veterinarian, always wanting to care for any animals that were sick on the farm. I attended Delaware Valley University, and obtained a B.S. in both Large Animal Science and Dairy Science. In May of 2012 I received my Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA.

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  • Dr.
    Ashley De Meo
    Veterinarian

    Ashley De Meo is a 2014 graduate of Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.  Shortly after graduation, she moved to Walkersville, Maryland, where she practiced mixed animal medicine prior to starting at North Paws Animal Hospital in May 2020.  While there are many aspects of mixed animal medicine that she misses, she enjoys having the time to focus on her small animal patients. 

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  • Nicole Rickard
    Practice Manager

    Nicole, a Hagerstown native, has spent her whole life in the animal industry. Getting her start as a teenager in a local pet store, she then started her technician career in 2001. She has worked as head technician for an exotic specialist as well as assistant practice manager in the past. She earned her Laboratory Animal Technician Certification from NIH in 2009. To be able to spend more time with her family she returned to general practice and has joined us as Practice Manager at North Paws. Nicole has 2 English Bulldogs named Gemma and Lyla and a cat named Cookie.

  • Brittany Shadrach, RVT
    Head Technician, Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Brittany was born and raised in Hagerstown, MD.  From a very young age, she knew that her life would be spent taking care of animals. After graduating from South Hagerstown High School, she graduated from Hagerstown Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Biology. She then completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Medical Technology with a concentration in Biology at Wilson College. In 2011, Brittany started working in emergency vet medicine but after 6 years, she switched to day practice to continue learning and advancing her skills. Brittany resides in PA with her significant other, their 5 dogs, 2 cats and 2 ferrets.

  • Michelle Wilkinson, CVT
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Michelle grew up in NJ and moved to CO to attend Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology.  She graduated in 2000.  She has been licensed as a technician since in CO, AZ, PA and MD.  She has been a resident of Waynesboro, PA for 11 years.  She has an interest in client education, behavior, dentistry and exotic animal medicine.  She has a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier and a Panther Chameleon.  When not at work, she will most likely be found at the ice rink cheering for her son and husband at their hockey games. 

  • Paige Glunt, RVT
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Paige Seilhamer started at North Paws Animal Hospital as a summer intern in 2018 while she was attending Wilson College. Paige has now graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Medical Technology with a minor in Animal Studies. She is excited to work at North Paws as a full time assistant while she studies to sit for her technician license. Paige has three dogs at home named Kaiya, Lana, Ryder and a large tank of goldfish. She has a special interest in exotic veterinary medicine and loves seeing the variety of small animals and birds that our doctors treat. 

  • Crystal Day
    Veterinary Technician

    Crystal has been with NorthPaws since December 2019. Prior to NorthPaws, she worked at another local veterinary clinic for over 5 years. Growing up on a small farm, Crystal has loved animals her whole life! Currently she has 2 pitbulls, Garona and Mikasa; 2 poodles, Sweetie and Winry; and 3 cats, Dinky, Toast, and Cookie; as well as 4 human children. In her downtime, she enjoys crocheting, sewing, yoga, anime, and playing Heroes of the Storm.

  • Kelsey Mayers, CVT
    Licensed Veterinary Technician, Fear-Free Certified Professional

    Kelsey Mayers CVT, is a Certified Veterinary Technician. She graduated from Vet Tech Institute of Pittsburgh in 2011 with an Associate degree in Veterinary Medical Technology. Kelsey has been a practicing Vet Tech since. Her and her Husband, Ryan, have 3 Corgis named Teagan, Milly, and Finnegan, as well as a black long-haired cat named Purdy. She enjoys traveling and spending her spare time outdoors camping and hiking with her dogs and husband. Kelsey is a Fear Free certified professional.

  • Drenna Belcher, CVT
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Drenna was born and raised in Adams County, Pennsylvania and currently resides in the scenic mountains of Buchanan Valley. Drenna has had a love of all creatures great and small since she was a young child which led to attending Wilson College to major in Veterinary Medical Technology. She graduated from Wilson in 1983 and has been a licensed veterinary technician ever since. She has worked primarily in general practice medicine and has worked with a wide array of exotic and wildlife species throughout her career. Drenna has enjoyed being a part of the many amazing advancements that have been made in veterinary medicine over the years which have helped to improve the lives of so many pets.

    Drenna and her hubby share their home with a silly Samoyed mix, Larry, and a very lovable DSH, Jeff. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, ventures on their motorcycle, walks, being outdoors, reading and a working on a variety of crafts.

  • Heather Baumgartner, RVT
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    I grew up in the Thurmont area and attended Wilson College after graduating Catoctin High School. I graduated from Wilson 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary and Equestrian Studies and have been a Registered Veterinary Technician since 2005, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner since 2010, and Certified Canine Massage Therapist since 2011. For the past 15 years I worked in a local veterinary hospital that treated both large and small animals, although my main focus was rehabilitative medicine. I have two Labrador Retrievers, Mowgli and Huk, and a Siamese named Fiddle Stix. Huk and I volunteer with Mason-Dixon Search Dogs and are working towards becoming an operational team in human remains detection.

  • Heather Appel
    Veterinary Assistant

    Heather was born and raised in Martinsburg, WV and has been working in the veterinary industry for about 10 years. From an early age she knew she wanted to work in the vet world and she got her start at a small clinic in Ranson, WV working as an assistant.
    She moved on to be a receptionist at a veterinary emergency clinic. She is looking forward to getting back in to assisting and learning as much as she can to further her skills and knowledge. She currently lives in Hedgesviile, WV with her husband and their small zoo which includes dogs, cats, chickens, and goats.

  • Emily Zielonka
    Veterinary Assistant

    Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Emily has had quite a journey before finding herself here at North Paws. Emily went to college at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, where she graduated in 2017 with two bachelor's degrees, one in Marine Science and the other in Biology. After graduation, Emily accepted an internship with the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response team in Virginia Beach, VA. It was there, while rehabilitating sea turtles, that Emily discovered her love for veterinary medicine. She spent a year and a half at a local clinic before moving to West Virginia with her boyfriend, Matthew. Emily and Matt have two rescue dogs, a shepherd mix named Sophie, and a Pitbull mix named Rayne. Emily is excited to work with all of the amazing pets that are seen at our clinic, both domestic and exotic.

  • Kristin Williams
    Veterinary Assistant

    Kristin started at Northpaws in July 2020. She has worked with cats and dogs for several years and recently with horses. She is happily married with 3 furchildren, an Alaskan Malamute named Nuka Cola Bear, and a Manx cat named Penguin. She also has a new addition, a kitten named Moxxie. She enjoys nature hikes with her dog and also staying home and relaxing with her cats and a cup of tea.

  • Missy Knorr
    Veterinary Receptionist

    I am originally from PA, but have been lived in Florida, Mississippi, and Italy because of my husband's Navy career. I have worked in the veterinary industry as a receptionist and assistant for about 15 years. My husband recently retired from Navy, so we will be making Maryland our home base. I love working with animals and enjoy learning something new each day. When I am not at work, I am kept busy by my kids, as well as, my Pomeranians, Pebbles, Raina, and Guppi; my Yorkie, Leah, and Chihuahua Jelly.

  • Ashley Donais
    Veterinary Receptionist

    Ashley is a native of Hagerstown, MD and has been working in veterinary medicine since 2011. Shortly after obtaining her license in practical nursing, she found that her true passion was for the veterinary industry. She has worked in various positions in primary care practice as well as emergency medicine. She and her husband reside in the mountains of Pennsylvania and enjoy spending time with their dogs, cats, ducks and horses.

  • Ariana Giasomo-Hudak
    Veterinary Receptionist

    Hi I'm Ariana. I've always wanted to work with animals, especially cats and dogs. I earned my Bachelors degree in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences from The Pennsylvania State University in May of 2017. Prior to working at North Paws, I was a receptionist and assistant at a local animal hospital. My favorite hobbies include crafting, sewing and reading. I currently have an orange tabby, Scooter, two tuxedo cats, Jester and Caleb and a male tortie cat, Beauregard.

Testimonials

Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Our family is so impressed with the love and compassion that we’ve been shown here. Dr. Becker and her staff have been incredibly diligent and helpful. Any question or concern we’ve had has been answered and they have gone out of their way to help us and our sweet dog!"
    Chloe F.
  • "Gabby & Jack had a wonderful visit with Dr. Becker. The staff was welcoming and kind; we felt as though we had been clients for years, not the first visit. I can't say enough nice things about Dr. Becker :) She was very caring as well personable and it was apparent she loves what she does. She took the time to actually listen and gave us peace of mind. We, as well as our Frenchies, are so happy we chose North Paws."
    Sandy S.
  • "We recently brought Maverick, our Great Dane to North Paws for a second opinion. Maverick had been sick and losing weight since Christmas. After many vet visits, Maverick was no better. Then we came to North Paws!! Dr. Becker and her staff were absolutely amazing!! After removing a squeaker from his intestines Maverick is now gaining weight and back to his old self!They saved our big guy!!"
    Megan K.
  • "I am in love with this place. I took my 2 yr old dog there yesterday and they did a wonderful job with her. She was so nervous and had to get shots but they talked to her and held her and even have her peanut butter which she absolutely loved. They were very informative and made sure I had no questions. Not to mention, I just got a follow up call from them asking how my baby girl was doing after her vaccines yesterday! They are wonderful and I highly recommend!!!"
    Kaitlyn W.

Featured Articles

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  • Feline Ear Issues

    Most cats will never have a serious problem with their hearing during their lives. However, several ear issues can affect cats. Many of these can cause discomfort or pain, but some may even lead to a partial loss of hearing or deafness. Ear issues in cats can have a variety of causes, including infections, ...

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  • Hypertension

    Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is fairly common in cats. Although it can occur on its own, it is usually a sign of other serious health problems. High blood pressure can also cause problems with other parts of the body, including the eyes, kidneys and heart. Cats are more likely to develop high ...

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  • Hyperthyroidism in Cats

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  • Kidney Issues

    The kidneys have two important roles in a cat’s body. First, they filter wastes and toxins from the blood, which then exit the body in the urine. The kidneys also help regulate the volume of fluids in the body and important hormones and other chemicals. Cats can develop several kinds of kidney issues, ...

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  • Liver

    The liver is a very important organ. It is involved in digestion and removing harmful toxins from the blood. Cats can develop several conditions that affect how well their liver works. Cholangiohepatitis One of the most common causes of liver disease in cats is cholangiohepatitis. In this condition, ...

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  • Nasal Problems

    Cats can suffer from several conditions of nose, sinuses and other parts of the upper respiratory tract. These include nasopharyngeal polyps—a type of non-cancerous growth—and inflammation of the membranes of the nasal passages and sinuses. Nasopharyngeal Polyps A nasopharyngeal polyp is a mass of ...

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  • Neurological Issues

    Did you know that your cat’s brain is the size of a golf ball? Despite its small size, a cat’s brain is complex and is an integral part of how a feline’s neurological system functions. If a cat has a defect or injury associated with the brain and the other organs, muscles, tissues and nerves that ...

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  • Nutrition and Weight Control

    Like humans, cats need a balanced diet and to maintain a healthy weight, for optimal physiological functioning. Feeding your cat too much can lead to obesity; feeding your cat too little can lead to malnourishment. Furthermore, a cat may have an aversion to a certain cat food or a condition causing loss ...

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  • Oral Health for Felines

    In addition to nutrition and weight management, oral care is another component that plays a part in a cat’s overall health. By lessening plaque buildup and stopping the plaque from forming dental tartar, you can prevent or control periodontal (gum) disease in your cat. Destruction of the teeth, tongue, ...

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  • Orthopedic

    Cats are curious beings, and that curiosity can lead to injuries that affect their ability to move effortlessly through their environment. Of course, injuries are not the only source that can cause musculoskeletal limitations; sometimes, congenital defects may be the cause of a musculoskeletal problem. Orthopedists ...

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