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The North Paws Team

Dr. Deanna And Family

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 Charlie, a military macaw named Millie, a red-fronted macaw named Olive and two schools of guppies. They are in the service of 2 cats, Winnie and Fancy, who allow the rest of the family to share their 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!

  • 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.

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  • Brittany Shadrach, RVT
    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.

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  • Chandler Petty
    Veterinary Assistant

    Chandler lives in Jefferson County, West Virginia with her fiancé Brandon, along with their Dalmatian, Harper, and various farm animals. Chandler has background in small animal Emergency and Critical Care, as well as large animal general practice, before coming to NorthPaws.

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  • 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.

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  • Samantha Burnette
    Veterinary Assistant

    Samantha was born and raised in Smithsburg and graduated from Smithsburg High School. She attended Hagerstown Community College for five years and has been working in the veterinary field for four years.

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  • Amanda Walls
    Veterinary Assistant

    Born and raised in Virginia outside of Washington DC, Amanda is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Business Administration and now resides in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania with her husband and 8-year-old daughter.

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  • 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.
    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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