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 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 recently 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.
Meghan has recently joined the Always Helpful team as a technician after moving from Maine to Pennsylvania with her two crested geckos and beloved lion-head rabbit. She graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in May of 2018 with a psychology degree and a special interest in animal behavior. She has a varied background with animals, including technician experience, wildlife rehabilitation, large animal work, and an interest in exotic animals. Besides working in seal and sea turtle rehabilitation, Meghan’s favorite exotic animal experience was working as a monkey trainer in college, shaping existing behaviors to aid in medical examinations, and providing enrichment and mental stimulation to the monkey’s daily lives. In her spare time, Meghan enjoys being “one with nature,” horseback riding, training her bunny, going to live music events, and spending quality time with her boyfriend. She is “thrilled and honored” by the opportunity to work with the Always Helpful team, and to learn more about alternative and integrative medicine. She looks forward to building a relationship with the patients and clients of the practice.