Our staff is a caring group of dedicated individuals who bring multiple talents to the practice.



Donna Schafetz

photo_donnaA 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.



Sidney Hoblit

photo_sidOur 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. 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.

Diane Yovanovich

photo_dianeOur 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 consists of Poppy, a wonderful Corgi rescue.


Robin Froysland

photo_robin2Robin 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, five grandchildren, a cat named Cosmo, two dogs named Diesel and Bella, and a pony named Thumper.

Leslie Hunt

Leslie joined Always Helpful as a veterinary technician after falling in love with the practice as a client. She is a lifetime animal lover who grew 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, Mags, Diglet, and Tony the cat, and a revolving door for foster dogs.


Shelby Brumbaugh

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.

Yasmin Pelliccio

Yasmin joined the Always Helpful team of technicians to explore the holistic side of veterinary medicine. She earned an associate degree from the Vet Tech Institute of Pittsburg, Pa, and has previously worked in general and emergency veterinary care positions.

She lives her life to the fullest in Paradise, Pennsylvania with her family, husband Zach, dogs Pickles, Tina, and Stitch, a cat named Moo Moo, and many chickens. Yasmin’s passionate about flowers, gardening, hiking, enjoying nature, and loves trying new foods.

Bringing a kind, caring nature, animal massage skills, and a passion for helping all kinds of animals, Yasmin is a wonderful addition to the practice.


Samantha Thompson

Samantha’s contagious positivity and smile bring joy and comfort to all creatures both two and four-legged. Her experience as a veterinary assistant, kennel tech, and dental assistant rounds out her exceptional animal and people handling skills.

Sam, born in Lancaster, spent most of her life in Nottingham, where she resides with her husband Matt, her son River Haze, and their two dogs Jack D, and Tequila. Together, they enjoy riding four-wheelers and dirt bikes, and kayaking!

She continually strives to become her best self and has a passion for learning everything that Always Helpful has to offer, which makes her an invaluable addition to the team.


Kelsie Trago

The definition of “Always Helpful” is Kelsie, whose always there to lend a hand in all aspects of the practice!

Kelsie earned a degree in Animal Science and Technology, and she wants to pursue a Veterinary Technician certificate. She has a passion for integrative medicine and is grateful to learn a holistic approach to veterinary care.

Kelsie is a Lancaster County native, where she currently resides with her husband Rusty, daughter Carly, and a menagerie of dogs, cats, chickens, and a horse. She loves helping all animals, riding horses, and driving and working on BIG trucks!

We’re happy to have Kelsie as part of the Always Helpful team!


Kristin Syva

Hard-working technician Kristin has developed a passion for horses at an early age. She’s accomplished with equine eventing, working with young horses, as well as managing equine shows and facilities.

Kristin complemented her education with an associate degree in applied science in equine studies. She’s continuing to learn about the health and care of all animals while exploring the non-conventional side of veterinary medicine with Always Helpful.

Kristin currently resides in Elkton, MD with her husband Tom, dogs Duke and Ace, and cat Bear. Together they enjoy traveling, camping, and spending time in nature.


Amy Reeves

Amy joined Always Helpful Veterinary Services after retiring from a 35-year Dental Assistant career. She brings exceptional people and animal handling skills to Always Helpful and is quickly becoming an asset to the practice.

Amy grew up in Cochranville, PA, and graduated from Octorara High School. She and her husband Ralph have been married since 1992 and have two sons and one grandson. Amy likes to go horseback riding, spend time outdoors, and relax at their cabin in Western Maryland.

Amy’s family also includes two longhaired dachshunds, four cats, and two aquatic turtles, most of which are rescues.



Kitty Claire

Claire purrfect

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 interests 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!