Head Veterinary Technician
Amanda is from Palmerton, PA, and was a human nurse for sixteen years before she decided to fulfill her childhood dream of taking care of animals. She is currently enrolled in the Penn Foster Veterinary Technician program. Amanda lives with her husband Nathan and sons Eric and Ethan. They also live with Rainer (Coonhound), Buddy (Umbrella Cockatoo), Luna (a ball python), and a marshal ferret named Suzie. Amanda joined Maple Hills in 2018. When she is not at Maple Hills, she enjoys spending time with her family and pets. She also donates her time to her local animal rescue and fosters animals in need.
Michelle 'Chell' Smith
Certified Veterinary Technician
Chell joined Maple Hills in October with over 10 years of experience in the veterinary technician field. Chell lives in New Tripoli with her cats, Monster and Squints, and her cavapoo, Chip. Chell always wanted to work with animals in some capacity and when she enrolled in the vet tech program at LCCC, it just clicked. When Chell isn’t working, she enjoys many different interests including hiking, running, reading, painting, and playing video games.
Rachael is from Whitehall, PA and joined Maple Hills in 2018. She is currently working towards her Biological Science Major with Veterinary Technician intent at Northampton Community College. Rachael lives with Joeyvanna (silver dapple Mini Dachshund), Rue (red/cream dapple Mini Dachsund), and Magnus (fawn Pitbull). It was always Rachael’s childhood dream to work with animals. In her spare time, she enjoys art, cooking, hiking, and being outdoors.
Sheila lives in Allentown and joined Maple Hills in 2020. She was a full-time Vet Tech for 15 years before moving to human nursing. She has been an RN for 17 years but her love for animals brought her back to Maple Hills part-time. Sheila volunteers at the Cat Sanctuary at Haafsville and also fosters for them. Sheila enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters as well as the variety of kittens being cared for in their home in addition to her own four pets.
Veterinary Technician Assistant
Paige is from Springtown, PA and joined Maple Hills in June 2020. Paige splits her time between the kennel and assisting veterinary technicians on the medical side. She earned her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts at Bucks County Community College and is currently working towards Animal Behavior degree at Millersville University. Paige has a cat named Moxie and during her free time she enjoys being outdoors, hiking, horseback riding, playing video games, skiing, spending time in the Adirondacks, ice skating, and paddleboarding
Veterinary Technician Assistant
Nic Heffelfinger is from Emmaus, PA and joined Maple Hills in May 2020. Nic recently retired from professional dancing after touring nationally and internationally for 10 years. Nic is currently enrolled in the Kutztown Honors Pre-Med program where he is working on earning a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine degree. When Nic isn’t working or studying, he enjoys spending time with his dog Milo, a Yorkipoo, and Bob, his diabetic kitty and 2 adorable tree frogs.