Our Team in Carlisle, PA

As a family-owned clinic deeply devoted to our community, we go the extra mile to create a caring and compassionate atmosphere for you and your pets. Our commitment to Fear Free care methods and a Certified Cat Friendly team ensures a low-stress experience for your four-legged family members.

Our team aims to build lasting relationships with both you and your pets. When you're here, you're a part of the Healing Paws family, and we treat you as such.

Get to know our doctors and support team below and request an appointment today!

Our Veterinarian

Dr. Tracy Sands

VETERINARIAN AND PRACTICE OWNER

Veterinary Superpowers:

Feline Care: Our “cat whisperer,” Dr. Sands truly gets cats–physically and emotionally!
Senior Pet Care:
Senior pets have changing needs and Dr. Sands is passionate about helping them stay comfortable and live longer.
Healing Paws Core Value Champion: Effort and Integrity
Interesting Fact: Dr. Sands sings in a praise band with her church!

Our Support Staff

Jessica

OFFICE MANAGER, CLIENT EXPERIENCE COORDINATOR, CERTIFIED AAHA DIABETES EDUCATOR

Veterinary Superpowers:

Pet Lover Advocate: Jess is always going the extra mile to make sure both pet owners and our staff feel respected, understood, and loved.
Memory Maker:
Jess is phenomenal at seeing special moments in the clinic and capturing those as beautiful photos for pet owners and team members to enjoy.
Healing Paws Core Value Champion: Integrity and Positivity
Interesting Fact: Jessica has her own two children but was also a surrogate so that another couple could have a child!

Illona

VETERINARY ASSISTANT, PATIENT CARE ADVOCATE

Veterinary Superpowers:

Pet Soother: Illona has a quiet nature and is often found telling children’s stories to pets while they wait for care or even to calm them during minor procedures and hospitalization.
Curiosity: Even after decades in the veterinary profession, Illona is still always asking questions to learn more and make us better!
Healing Paws Core Value Champion: Responsibility and Effort
Interesting Fact: Illona has a beautiful pink trike (3-wheeled motorcycle) that she rides to work!

Laura

SOCIAL MEDIA AND GRAPHIC DESIGN, VETERINARY ASSISTANT

Veterinary Superpowers:

Storytelling: Laura, a poet and fantasy fiction writer, does a great job of sharing the Healing Paws experience through our social media outlets!
Willingness to Help: 
Laura assists our team after school and during the summers. She comes in with a calm but energetic nature that really helps us get things done efficiently yet in a way that remains peaceful for our patients.
Healing Paws Core Value Champion: Positivity and Initiative
Interesting Fact: Laura has been playing the violin since she was 3 and performs classical, pop, and fiddles!

Marissa

VETERINARY ASSISTANT

Veterinary Superpowers:

Cat Cuddler: Marissa has a soothing presence that our feline patients especially enjoy!
Inquisitive: 
Marissa helps us in many areas of the clinic after school and during the summers. She always wants to learn something new to better serve our patients, clients, and help her teammates.
Healing Paws Core Value Champion: Teamwork and Positivity
Interesting Fact: Marissa is a phenomenal artist and is especially talented at pet portraits!

Eric

Veterinary Superpowers:

Distractor Extraordinaire:  If a cat or dog needs a distraction, Eric is the person to call to give treats and cuddles to help them!
Inventory Manager: 
Eric stays on top of our supplies to make sure we have what we need to keep things running smoothly!
Healing Paws Core Value Champion: Initiative and Responsibility
Interesting Fact: Eric regularly goes on mission trips to repair homes damaged in natural disasters!