Welcome to North Paws Animal Hospital
Your Veterinarian in Hagerstown,MD
Call us 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. **We currently do not offer services for reptiles.** 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. 

If you live in Hagerstown or the surrounding area and need trusted, fear free certified veterinarians to care for your pets – look no further. 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 that provides care to pet patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care. Our veterinarians have years of experience treating serious conditions and offering regular pet wellness care. Beyond first-rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable 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

**Closed 11:30am-2pm 3rd Monday of each month for Staff Meetings

Office Hours


8:00 am-6:00 pm


8:00 am-6:00 pm


8:00 am-6:00 pm


8:00 am-6:00 pm


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Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Dr.
    Deanna Becker, DVM
    Practice 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.
    Ashley De Meo, DVM

    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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  • Dr.
    Abby Burkhart, DVM

    Dr. Abby Burkhart is a 2021 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Burkhart is a Maryland native who grew up in Williamsport, MD. She is excited to return to the area and serve the community! Prior to attending veterinary school, she received her Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Medical Technology from Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA.  

    Dr. Burkhart’s professional interests include feline medicine, soft tissue surgery and dentistry. She also has a special interest in avian and exotic animal medicine. Dr. Burkhart has completed additional training to become fear-free certified because she believes her patient’s emotional wellbeing is just as important as their physical health. She is most excited about establishing strong relationships with her clients and advising them throughout all stages of their pet’s lives.  

    Outside of work, Dr. Burkhart enjoys partaking in various water sports on the Potomac River, snow-skiing, playing ice hockey or disc golf (depending on the season!) and spending quality time with her friends and family.  Dr. Burkhart and her partner Brandon have four beloved pets of their own including a cattle dog mix named Peri and three cats - Anchovy, Mackerel and Tilapia. 

  • Dr. Katelyn Mumma, DVM

    Dr. Katelyn Mumma is a 2022 graduate of Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Mumma grew up in the area and is excited to return to her hometown. Before attending veterinary school, she graduated from Washington County Technical High School’s biomedical sciences program and then went on to receive her Bachelor of Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Dr. Mumma has a special interest in behavior medicine, avian medicine, and exotic medicine. Going along with her interest in behavior and providing a good veterinary experience for both client and pet, Dr. Mumma is fear-free certified and avian fear-free certified. Outside of work, Dr. Mumma enjoys spending time with her friends and family at the river. She has a devoted best friend and college roommate, her cat Sophie.

  • Dr.
    Amanda Smith, DVM

    Dr. Amanda Smith is a 2020 graduate of St George's University, West Indies. She earned a Master's degree from Old Dominion University in Biomedical sciences, and Bachelor's degree from Salisbury University in Biology. Dr. Smith worked 4 years in emergency medicine prior to joining NorthPaws. Dr. Smith has been fear free certified and uses those techniques to give your pet the best experience. She has special interests in animal welfare, surgery, and clinical pathology. She enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and reading. She loves her Tortie, *Cocoa*, setter mix *Frodo*, plants and coffee.

  • Dr. Chloe Bellerive, DVM

    Dr. Bellerive recently graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Some of our NorthPaws patients may recognize her from previous time she spent assisting here at NorthPaws. Our team is ecstatic to have her join us to further our mission of providing exceptional care to our community and help further her career.

  • Dr.
    Emily Lantzsch, DVM

    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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  • Brittany Shadrach, RVT
    Director of Technicians and Assistants, Team Manager, Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Brittany was born and raised in Hagerstown, MD. She has been with NorthPaws since opening in December 2017.  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 7 dogs and 3 cats.

  • Paige Glunt, RVT
    Head Technician, Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Paige Glunt 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. 

  • Abby Mowen, CVT
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Abby joined NorthPaws in March 2022. She has recently moved back to the area after living in Pittsburgh for a short period of time but she grew up in Greencastle. She attended Vet Tech Institute of Pittsburgh and graduated in 2014 with an Associate degree in Veterinary Medical Technology. She has worked in general practice her whole career. She is a sucker for grey cats and golden retrievers but grew up with boxers so she has a soft spot in her heart for them as well. She currently only has four cats, all grey of course, whose names are Elliott, Scarlet, Arya and Boo.   

  • Stori Boggs, RVT
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Stori was first seen at NorthPaws interning the summer after graduating high school in 2018, and again in the summer of 2021 while attending Wilson College, before officially joining the team a year later. She graduated from Wilson in December 2022 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Medical Technology with a Business concentration and a minor in Sociology and obtained her license in August 2023. Stori has always had a love for animals and planned on pursuing a career in veterinary medicine, now with a special interest in behavior and exotics. Over the years she has had a wide variety of her own animals including rodents, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and more, many of which were rescues including her best friend, a rambunctious pitbull named Athena.

  • Missy Knorr
    Veterinary Receptionist, Team Manager

    Missy joined NorthPaws in November of 2019, she is originally from PA, but has lived in Florida, Mississippi, and Italy because of her husband's military career. She has worked in the veterinary industry as a receptionist and assistant since 2002. Her husband retired from the Navy, so she will be making Maryland home base. When she is not at work, she enjoys camping and spending time with family, friends, and her 4 Pomeranians: Raina, Guppi, Kipling, and Lucci.

  • Ariana Giasomo-Hudak
    Veterinary Receptionist

    Ariana joined NorthPaws in September 2020. She's always wanted to work with animals, especially cats and dogs. She earned her Bachelors degree in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences from The Pennsylvania State University in May of 2017. Prior to working at NorthPaws, she was a receptionist and assistant at a local animal hospital. Her favorite hobbies include crafting, sewing, and reading. She currently has an orange tabby, Scooter, two tuxedo cats, Jester and Caleb, and a male tortie cat, Beauregard.

  • Tina Bryan
    Veterinary Assistant

    Tina is a PA native who joined the NorthPaws team in September 2021. For over 15 years, she has enjoyed lending her talents to serve her community in the animal care industry. She has a special appreciation for her feline patients. Her other interests include cooking and fine dining, outdoor adventure, nature photography, and her latest venture, wedding floral design. She shares her life and home with her husband and their fur babies. 

  • Mikayla Lemley
    Veterinary Receptionist, Fear-Free Certified

    Mikayla joined NorthPaws in August 2021. She moved back to the area from Wyoming, where she was studying Wildlife and Fisheries. She has been working as a veterinary receptionist since 2017. If she is not working, you will find her fishing, hiking, or hanging with Goku, her german shepherd.

  • Karen Gordon
    Veterinary Receptionist

    Karen joined North Paws in April 2024. She was born and raised in Maryland grew up always being surrounded by all different types of critters. She began her veterinary career working in emergency medicine and now has transitioned to general practice. When not at work you can often find her outside doing anything from hiking to rock climbing. She also enjoys spending time with her two horses, Cheyenne and baby Hamilton, or relaxing at home with her four cats Chester, Olive, Bowie, and Alfred. 

  • 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 4 furchildren. She enjoys nature hikes or staying home and relaxing with her cats and a cup of tea.

  • Kendle Creager
    Veterinary Assistant

    Kendle joined North Paws in August of 2021. Kendle started here in high school when she had an opportunity at Franklin Career and Technology Center in teh Veterinary Assisting Program to do a co-op internship and stuck around ever since. She also has earned her Approved Vet Assistant certificate and is working to become a Licensed Technician. She has 2 horses named Nova and Tequila which she barrel races at local rodeos. She also has an Australian Cattle Dog named Ace, an adorable cat Barley, and lives on a dairy farm with over 1,000 cows. She also enjoys spending her time hunting, riding in tractors, kayaking, and spending time with friends and family.

  • Matty Pogue
    Veterinary Assistant

    Matty joined NorthPaws in April of 2022. He was born and raised in Pennsylvania and in 2005, when he got married, he moved to the area. Once a former retail employee of 17 years, he finally knew what his passion was - helping animals. He spent, collectively, 6 years at The Humane Society of Washington County while having some time spent in other private practices and ER. Matty is married with 3 pugs at home.

  • Amber Lee
    Veterinary Assistant, Fear Free Certified Professional

    Amber joined NorthPaws in June 2022. She was an army brat growing up and moved around the states a lot, as well as in foreign countries. Amber is a mother of two married to her high school sweetheart. They have lived in Hagerstown for about 6 years and plan to stay here permanently. During her time staying home to raise her kids, she completed the Veterinary Assistant Specialist Certificate Program at Auburn University.  She is also Avian, Canine, and Feline Fear Free certified. She owns 12 animals including a Portuguese podengo, a beagle, and a pitbull. As well as 3 cats, an Amazon parrot, a green-cheek conure, a cockatiel, a Parrolet, a tarantula and reptiles. She has previously owned rats, ferrets, rabbits, goats, and more reptiles. She’s got an interest in wildlife and anything avian. She loves to read books in her spare time or spend time with her family. She is obsessed with Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Marvel. She is so grateful to be working in veterinary medicine and is always looking forward to new challenges or things to learn from this field. She has loved animals all her life and has found a job that she doesn’t even consider “work”.

  • Jessica Wagner
    Veterinary Assistant

    Jessica joined team NorthPaws in September of 2022. She started her career with animals in 2014 at an animal hospital in Montgomery County until becoming a Washington County resident in 2018. Shortly after moving to the area, she had her second son and decided to spend time at home with her family. They have 5 dogs, 4 cats, a pot bellied pig, chickens, ducks, and a fish. She missed meeting new animals and decided to come back to veterinary medicine.

  • Lexi Brown
    Veterinary Assistant

    Lexi joined Team NorthPaws in February 2023. Lexi says 'I recently moved back to Pennsylvania in February from Tennessee. I've been working as an Assistant for 3 years now. I currently have 5 cats at home and one very crazy pitbull puppy named Prada. I've been interested in caring for animals since I was a little girl. I grew up volunteering at various shelters, which shaped my interest in working with animals. I have a military background, so I've lived in many places including Virginia, Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. My family currently lives in Germany! I'm excited to be a part of the NPAH team and look forward to meeting all the tails, claws, and paws that come to visit!'

  • Eliza Thornberry
    Grumpy Greeter, Reception Supervisor

    Hi, I’m Eliza Thornberry, I joined Team NorthPaws in October 2018. As resident office cat, I take my manager duties very seriously. You may find me overseeing the printer or supervising our receptionists. I often enjoy watching videos to keep up to date on the latest in cat entertainment. When I’m off duty, I enjoy sunbathing, wrestling plastic bags, and the occasional cat nip. 


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.

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