Our staff is a caring group of dedicated individuals who bring multiple talents to the practice.
A veterinary assistant extraordinaire, and the person who knows everything about the practice, Donna has been with us since 1995. A 1983 graduate of Centenary College’s Equine Program, she has worked in many parts of the equine industry. From grooming, riding, and training Arabian horses, foaling standardbred mares and prepping yearling sales prospects, to assisting Olympic riders and veterinarians and other demanding jobs, Donna handles everything and everybody with skill and professionalism. Even though Donna does the work of three people she says her job here at the practice is a “cakewalk” and looks forward to learning something new every day.
Our wonderful bookkeeper Sidney, with us since 2001, has over twenty years of experience as a licensed veterinary technician with a specialty in diagnostic ultrasound. She has experience training and competing with horses in hunter and jumper events, and for the last twenty-plus years has been active with her dogs in agility, coursing, conformation, and obedience/rally. Her family currently includes a houseful of Windsprites and Lurchers!
With broad experience as a sales and business manager through owning and operating her own pet food and health products business (Hoblit House in Nottingham, PA), she keeps this practice running smoothly financially through thick and thin. With her wide knowledge of canine nutrition and integrative medicine, she is an excellent educator and a knowledgeable resource for our clients.
Our knowledgeable receptionist and creative scheduler Diane has been involved with horses since she was five years old. Her varied experience in the horse world includes polo, show hunters and fox hunting, racehorse training and breeding, sales prepping and horse show management.
Her other interests include gardening, knitting and needlepoint, classical music, and cooking and baking. Since 2006, she has catered the food for Dr. Shoemaker’s Postural Rehabilitation Seminars, receiving rave reviews. Long known for having Pembroke Welsh Corgis, her present family includes two Corgis, Lonnie, a two-time show champion and Poppy, a wonderful rescue.
Robin has volunteered and referred many clients to the practice over the years while running North Key Farm, a horse boarding and training facility. With a lifetime of experience in the horse industry including, hunters, western, driving, racing, veterinary assistant, horse show and clinic manager. She has also taught preschool and art classes at the local YMCA.
After downsizing her present business, she has brought her organizational and management skills to Always Helpful.
She has a passion for helping animals and humans alike to achieve a balance in their physical and mental well being.
Her personal interest includes all mediums of art, riding her horses for pleasure, gardening, and reading. Her family includes her husband Randy, two sons, four grandchildren, a cat named Cosmo, two dogs named Diesel and Bella, and a pony named Thumper.
Leslie joined Always Helpful as a veterinary technician after falling in love with the practice as a client. She is a lifetime animal lover, growing up with a multitude of critters including a baby squirrel and two skunks. Leslie has volunteered for several rescue organizations and founded CompAnimals Pet Rescue in 1999 to help mostly senior and special needs pets.
She currently resides in Elkton, MD where she raised two sons, Colin and Dylan. She shares her home with four dogs’ Booda, Isabelle, Puddin and Diglet, Tony the cat, and a revolving door for foster dogs.
Our hard-working, dedicated veterinary technician, Shelby has been with the practice since 2015. She’s achieved an associate’s degree in applied science from Morrisville State College, and an associate’s degree in science for veterinary technology from Johnson College.
Shelby’s favorite thing about working at an integrative veterinary practice is educating our clients to help them better all areas of their pet’s lives!
She currently resides in Nottingham, PA. with her husband Jim, and their two adventurous cats, Dwight and Pam. In her spare time, she enjoys fishing, traveling, and spending time with family.
Our Kitty Claire started her life in 2010, in a litter of feral kittens found in a barn on the property of our bookkeeper, Sidney Hoblit. Claire being the only kitten wanting to be caught, started her career in the veterinary field. She learned the ropes while occupying the pockets of various technicians.
Former practice owner, Oscar Wilde Cat taught Claire the finer points of running Always Helpful. After the passing of Oscar, Kitty Claire inherited the practice, where she resides as the “Official Greeter” in charge.
Kitty Claire’s interest include sleeping in the sun, or under the blanket on the couch, so watch where you sit, chattering at the birds outside the window, teasing the dogs that she shouldn’t, and demanding her dinner two hours early!