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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.

 

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.

 

Kristin Syva

Hard-working technician Kristin 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.