Meet Our Doctors


Dr. Deanna And Family

Dr. Deanna Becker, DVM

                                                                                                              Jason Becker, Business Manager

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 and is fear free certified. 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. 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 is fear free certified and 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. Abby Burkhart

                                                                                                                  Dr. Abby Burkhart

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.

  Katie Mumma

                                                                                                               Dr. Katelyn Mumma

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

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

Dr. Bellerive graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2024. 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.