Meet the skilled and compassionate technicians, receptionists, and assistants that make up the North Paws Team!

  • 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.

  • Rebecca Lapole LVT
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Rebecca grew up in Northern Virginia and has always dedicated her time to animals. She worked at a horse breeding farm and rode regularly. Before coming to work with us at North Paws, Rebecca went Blue Ridge Community College to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician and graduated in 2016. Following her graduation, she worked for a small private practice in Loudoun County, Virginia. Her and her husband now live in Berkeley County, West Virginia with their two pitbulls Mia and Chubbs.  When she’s not at work, Rebecca has a strong passion for cooking and spending time outdoors.

  • 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 Seilhamer, RVT
    Veterinary Assistant

    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. 

  • Danielle Jackson
    Veterinary Assistant

    Danielle started working at North Paws Animal Hospital in February 2019. She has almost five years of experience working in a very busy small animal hospital. She grew up in Sabillasville and graduated from Catoctin High School. She was a very active member of the Catoctin FFA chapter and Frederick County 4H where she showed horses and swine. She is now an FFA Alumni member and coaches Catoctin FFA’s Horse Judging team. She currently lives in Cascade with her husband, Chris, and two daughters, Shiloh and Brinley. She loves spending time with her family, her horses, barrel racing and everything about summer.

  • Rachael Kinley
    Marketing Manager and Receptionist

    Rachael is from Waynesboro, PA and is a graduate of Wilson College. She has been in the veterinary field for about 2 years and has a special interest in exotic animal care, orthopedic surgery, and rehab. She loves spending time at home with her 'zoo' which includes her 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 ferrets, Conure, rabbit, gecko, and chickens! When she's not at home she's probably hiking with her dogs Hannah and Piggy!

  • Katie Bachtell
    Veterinary Receptionist

    Katie lives in Greencastle, PA with her husband and dog McGee. She graduated from Mount Aloysius College with a degree in Business Administration. She has always had a love for animals and got her start in the veterinary world almost 5 years ago and hasn't looked back since.