Meet Our Doctors


Dr. Deanna And Family

Dr. Deanna Becker

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. Before applying to veterinary school, Dr. Becker worked another two years as a full-time Veterinary Technician. Dr. Becker graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. Dr. Becker was employed for almost seven years at the Waynesboro Veterinary Clinic in Waynesboro, PA. She was then employed by Confederate Woods Veterinary Hospital in Gettysburg, PA for almost six years. She is skilled in small animal medicine and surgery and has a unique interest in avian medicine and surgery. She also has a special interest in orthopedic surgery and geriatric medicine.

She has been married to her high school sweetheart Jason Becker since 2000. They share their home with their three daughters, Isabelle, Addison and Emma. They also have some furry and feathered kids including a dog named Brooklyn, a military macaw named Millie, a red-fronted macaw named Olive and two schools of guppies. They are in the service of a cat named Fancy, who allows the rest of the family to share her space in the house.

In her spare time, she likes to read, spend time with her kids and spend time with her parents and in-laws who all live locally. She can also occasionally be found hanging out at the East Coast Exotic Animal Rescue in Fairfield, PA where she is honored to be a small part of their medical team. At East Coast, she has been blessed to work with their unique rescued resident animals like prairie dogs, silver foxes, coatimundis, a mountain lion and (her favorite) their parrots.

Dr. Becker says that she couldn’t be happier to be practicing veterinary medicine (her childhood dream) in her hometown. It’s great to see so many familiar and new faces when clients and pets walk through the door of the hospital each day! And the best part has been getting to work with the amazing, skilled and compassionate technicians, receptionists and assistants that make up the North Paws Team!



Dr. Regina Liskey

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 

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.

I have practiced mixed animal medicine since graduating.  Always striving to improve myself and my medicine, I decided to obtain my certification in both Veterinary Chiropractic and Veterinary Acupuncture. These methods allow me to have an integrative approach to the patients that are entrusted in my care. I have seen remarkable improvements in many animals that received these alternative approaches. I am constantly trying to advance my knowledge and help my patients with new treatments. I am excited to bring Veterinary Chiropractic and Acupuncture to the clinic. 


Dr. Ashley De Meo   

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. Her special interests include internal medicine, palliative care and pain management, managing chronic diseases and co-morbidities, and dentistry. Ashley has advanced training in dentistry, and is on her way to completing her Companion Animal Pain Management certificate program.  She strives to make your pet’s visit as low stress and friendly as possible, and strongly believes in preventive medicine, wellness care, counter-conditioning and desensitization.   

Ashley lives in Woodsboro, Maryland with her pack of Icelandic Sheepdogs.  She and her “Viking Dogs” enjoy various sports, including Agility, Fast CAT, CAT, and Barn Hunt. They have various Trick Dog and Canine Good Citizen titles.  Thanks to their antics, Ashley is quickly developing a love of sports medicine and rehab too! In their free time, they hike, camp, kayak and “help” in the vegetable and flower gardens. 

Dr. Norma Hough

Dr. Norma Hough

Dr. Norma Hough grew up in Northern Va. and knew from a young age that Veterinary medicine was going to be her life. While in high school in Falls Church she worked part-time at Seven Corners Animal Hospital as a kennel assistant and veterinary assistant. When she graduated, she went to the University of Georgia earning her BSA. During Undergraduate school during the summer, she worked at Blue Cross Animal Hospital in Fairfax. Between undergraduate school and starting veterinary school, she worked at Jefferson Animal Hospital in Jefferson, Georgia, and Country Pride Poultry in Gainesville, GA. She attended veterinary school, also at the University of Georgia, and received her DVM in May 1988.

After graduating from veterinary school, she worked at the Animal Emergency Clinic of Greater Augusta, in Augusta, GA. This was a general emergency practice that saw emergencies from GA and SC surrounding areas. This schedule was one week on and one week off so at the same time she did relief work at King Animal Hospital in Rockmart, GA which was a mixed animal practice and established, owned, and operated Classic City Veterinary Service which was a mixed animal ambulatory practice in Hull, GA.

In July of 1990, she purchased Apple Tree Animal Clinic, in Ranson, WV. It is a general small animal medical and surgical single doctor practice. She owned and ran a very successful practice until she sold the practice in September of 2019 due to health reasons and has worked since as a part-time employee.

As is true of most veterinarians, Dr. Hough found it hard to slow down so she has joined the staff of North Paws Animal Hospital also now part-time.