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 Dr. Carol Lewis


Dr. Carol Ross Lewis founded Healing Hands Animal Hospital to realize her vision of combining the best of conventional veterinary medicine with complementary therapies to enhance the health and well-being of pets on the lower Eastern Shore.

Dr. Lewis was destined to be a veterinarian. Growing up on a farm in GarrettCounty taught her about hard work and compassion for animals from a very early age. She learned how to "read" their behavior and to draw conclusions about health and nutrition as a result. After receiving a Bachelor's Degree from West VirginiaUniversity in 1986, Carol was selected for a year-long internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York City, a high-volume, cutting edge research and teaching hospital in New York City.  It was there that the Carol was encouraged to continue her studies, and she went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991.  Dr. Lewis practiced at DelmarvaAnimalHospital in Bishopville, MD

, initially under the tutelage of Cornell Veterinarian Dr. Gail Ordun.  Dr. Lewis spent ten years at Delmarva, where she was promoted to Medical Director, before moving on to Bayside Animal Hospital in Cambridge and working in relief for several other animal hospitals before opening Healing Hands in 2005.

Dr. Lewis' lifelong dedication to animal health led her to pursue learning beyond conventional veterinary medicine.  She is a 2003 graduate of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, and she followed that with intensive studies in Advanced Acupuncture, Tui-na, Food Therapy and Chinese Herbology at the Chi Institute under the direction of Dr. Huisheng Xie. Believing that the best veterinary care is achieved by the integration of Eastern and Western techniques, Dr. Lewis now regularly incorporates these modalities into her practice to correct imbalances that result in illness or injury.

In her rare spare time, Dr. Lewis can be found volunteering her services at The Humane Society in WorcesterCounty, and as a Founding Trustee, Vice President of the Board of Directors and volunteer surgeon for Snip/Tuck, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing feral cat populations on Delmarva. Carol resides in Cambridge with her husband David, cats and two dogs.


  Dr. Stephanie Burbach

Dr. Burbach grew up in Potomac, MD and began riding horses at 6 years old. She attended veterinary school at Kansas State University and graduated in May of 2011. She spent time working for a horse breeding operation in Kansas before returning to Maryland in the fall of 2011. After working at a mixed animal practice, Dr. Burbach joined Healing Hands Animal Hospital in August of 2013. She is excited to continue practicing on smaller animals and learning about alternative therapies such as chiropractic medicine. Dr. Burbach has 4 horses, 6 cats and 2 dogs. In her spare time she continues to compete her horses in hunter/jumper competitions and is a volunteer surgeon for Snip/Tuck, Inc. 




 Dr. Ashley McTeer

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Dr. Ellen Ferguson

Dr. Ellen LeCompte Ferguson is a native of Dorchester County, and is excited to be practicing in the community that has supported her so much throughout her life. She received her B.S. from the University of South Carolina with a major in Marine Science. She spent time working in environmental toxicology and as a laboratory director with Air Liquide. Ultimately, she decided to leave her corporate career in order to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian. She joined the team of Healing Hands Animal Hospital for the first time as a veterinary technician in 2007. She then attended Virginia- Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech where she focused on small animal and equine medicine; graduating with honors in 2013. Dr. Ferguson has a very strong interest in oncology, internal medicine and diagnostic ultrasound. She enjoys establishing and fostering bonds with her patients and clients alike. After graduation she spent two years in small animal practice at a hospital in Laurel, DE before rejoining the team of doctors at Healing Hands. She is excited to be part of a hospital that incorporates alternative therapies with modern medicine to provide exceptional care to the animals and people of the area. Dr. Ferguson and her husband Bart currently reside in Trappe, MD. The Ferguson Family is in the process of renovating her historic childhood home in lower Dorchester County where they plan to reside. She enjoys horseback riding, tennis, photography and spending time on the water.

 Sara Ewing - Practice Manager

Sara was raised in Dorchester County.   She is a graduate of Chesapeake College with a degree in business administration.   She had 25 years work experience in the medical field prior to joining Healing Hands Animal Hospital in 2013.  She is a founding member and current Secretary for the Board of Directors of Snip Tuck, Inc., a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to reduce the number of unwanted animals on the Delmarva Peninsula by providing a comprehensive spay/neuter program.


Sara resides in Dorchester County with her husband Carl, and teenage daughters Carly and Rachel.   In the past few years Sara has traveled to Guatemala and Peru on Christian mission trips.  She believes strongly that building relationships with clients and working with an attitude to serve others is key to success.

Sallie Campion- Receptionist
Sallie graduated from Salisbury University with a B.S. in Leisure Studies. She brings 7 years experience in the veterinary field to our team.  She lives in Hebron with her husband, horses and dogs. She enjoys spending lots of time with her family, horseback riding, and traveling.

Martrice King- Receptionist
Martrice joined our team in 2016 with 4 years experience.  She lives in Salisbury with her dog, Che-ka. She likes playing volleyball and traveling.

Louanne Pusey-  Administrative Assistant

Louanne, born and raised in Salisbury, MD, graduated in 1991 with a degree in Accounting from Wor-Wic Community College.  After 26 years experience as an accounting assistant and shipping coordinator for a local manufacturing company, she joined Healing Hands in April 2014 as an administrative assistant.
Louanne has had a love for animals since a very young child; this love is what brought her to HHAH.  She lives in Salisbury with her Boston Terrier, Wilson, and 6 cats: Noah, Sydney, Chance, DJ, Duncan and Billy.  She volunteers for Snip/Tuck, Inc.

Courtney Privett- Registered Veterinary Technician, Technician Manager
Courtney has been working in the veterinary field for many years in Virginia and now at Healing Hands. She received her Veterinary Technician Registration in 2011 from Delaware Tech. She also works for Snip/Tuck, Inc. (a non-profit organization providing low cost spays and neuters for cats).  She has 2 cats; Twinkle and Star, and a Boston Terrier; Saige. 





Stephanie Bystrak - Reception Manager

Stephanie graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Zoology from Salisbury University in 2001. After working in biological research with the University of Maryland for 7 years, including 2.5 years with the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, she started as a veterinary technician at Healing Hands Animal Hospital when they opened in May 2005. She lives locally with her husband, Karl, their cats, Turtle, Monster, Dingo, Angora, Oscar, and Daphne. She also has and a variety of aquatic turtles. She enjoys yoga, music, camping, and spending time with her family.   


 Kathy Lutz- Technician
 Kathy lives in Delmar with her husband, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, miniature horses, chickens, ducks, and cats.  She has fostered and obedience trained many puppies over the years for their owners.  While working at Healing Hands she has become more aware of the advantages of a good diet and the supplements available to encourage a healthy lifestyle for her four legged children.




Brittney Hastings- Technician
Brittney grew up in Salisbury where she attended Wor-Wic community College and completed the Veterinary Assistant Program. She enjoys spending time with her three cats, Squeaky, Booty, and Jack. She joined HHAH in the fall of 2012

Heather Cherrix- Technician

 Heather is a native of central PA and has lived on the shore for over 8 years now. She attended Penn State University, majoring in Animal Science with a concentration in Equine Studies. Heather's past work experience includes various animal-related positions, including: NC Aquarium at Manteo, Bullbeggar Creek Waterfowl and Exotics in VA, and as the program director at Green Gate Farm, focusing on equine assisted learning for families and at-risk youth. Heather has been with HHAH since November 2014. She lives locally with her husband, Eddie and their 5 Jack Russell Terriers: Maggie, Rocky, Sir Barksly, Paisley, and Lois Lane and 3 cats: Henry, Remington, and Sylvester. Heather enjoys spending time with her 4 Quarter Horses: Zippy, Cherokee, Bodie, and Lacey, trail riding, camping, competing in cowboy mounted shooting, teaching riding lessons, and spending time with family and friends.

Zane Parthan- Technician
After moving from India, Zane grew up in Salisbury.  He is studying Biology and Chemistry at Salisbury University and is interested in going to vet school.  He has a golden retriever named Judah who loves to run and go to the beach.

Hannah Peck- Technician
Hannah grew up across the bay in Prince Frederick where she worked at Prince Frederick Animal Hospital. She recently married and moved to Salisbury to live the dream life with her husband, Nate. Hannah is working toward becoming a licensed veterinary technician. She enjoys spending time with her husband, reading books, being on the computer, and loving on their adorable doggie, Mia. 

Abby Bond- Technician
Abby has enjoyed working as a technician for several years, working with small animals. A native of Baltimore, she lives locally and enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and going to the beach.

Lee Anne Vollmer- Technician
Lee Anne has experience grooming and caring for animals. She enjoys spending time with her son, going to the beach, and loving on her dog and cats!

Valerie Buschert- Technician
more info coming soon!

Aaron Greene- Technician
Aaron joined Healing Hands in 2016 with 10 years experience in the veterinary field.  He lives locally with his fiancee, Samantha and their certified therapy dog, Max. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and watching and playing football.

Darcy Miller- Technician
Darcy has been in the veterinary field for 9 years and a technician for 6 years. She enjoys performing dental cleanings, taking dental radiographs and educating clients on periodontal disease treatments and preventions.  She also enjoys monitoring anesthesia and helping assist in surgery.  In her free time, Darcy spends her time with her 2 year old son, Colby, boyfriend Phillip and cat, Diddy.  Darcy and her family love going to the beach during the summer and doing anything that involves being outdoors.  Darcy has dreams of eventually going back to school and becoming a RVT with a  specialty degree in dentistry.

Lauren Soper- Technician
Lauren is a full time student majoring in Biology at Salisbury University. She bring 6 years of customer service and 2 years of animal care giver exeperience to our team. She lives in Easton. She enjoys running, hiking, camping. She raised her cat, Turtle, from a kitten 3 years ago.

Allesha Wongus- Technician
Allesha graduated in 2016 from Vet Tech Institute with her Associate degree. She lives in Vienna with her dog, Dora and rabbit, Snickers.  She enjoys shopping and traveling. She hopes to be a traveling veterinary technician in a warmer climate.

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