Crystal Brobst-Wormell Ever since she was a little girl, Dr. Crystal Brobst-Wormell has enjoyed the challenge of a puzzle. For her, veterinary medicine is quite like a puzzle—it’s her job to ask the right questions, use her senses, and piece everything together to make the final picture. As the owner and chief veterinarian here at P.A.W. Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Wormell gets to use her skills to better the lives of pets and people every day!
Dr. Wormell graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s degree in biology, then began working at a feline clinic in Alexandria, Virginia. As a Veterinary Assistant she gained invaluable experience—and plenty of scars!—working with cats. From there, Dr. Wormell began working in a 24-hour multi-doctor facility before taking a position at a laboratory in Rockville, Maryland. Shortly afterward, Dr. Wormell decided to apply to veterinary school and was thrilled to gain acceptance into the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine to earn her veterinary degree.
In 2008, Dr. Wormell accepted a position as the facility veterinarian for the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, and Skin Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. Although she adored her work there, she couldn’t shake the itch to return to full-time private practice, where she got to interact directly with families’ beloved animal companions.
As a veterinarian, Dr. Wormell particularly enjoys working closely with families to develop viable solutions that fit their needs. She’s also been fascinated by acupuncture ever since she graduated from veterinary school—to this day, she’s amazed that a few well-placed needles can so significantly improve healing time and quality of life! Dr. Wormell is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, having completed her acupuncture training in 2001 at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Reddick, Florida.
Dr. Wormell and her husband—P.A.W. Veterinary Clinic’s very own Ron Brobst—have three wonderful children named Megan, Jared, and Caitlyn. The family shares their lives with four dogs: Cheddar, a rescued Australian shepherd mix; Jackson, a calm and loving Golden retriever/spaniel mix who was rescued from a hoarding situation; Finnegan, a rescued Cavalier King Charles spaniel who tends to forget that the other dogs have at least 20 pounds on him; and King, a rescued Cocker Spaniel who has the happiest body wag. Dr. Wormell and her family also have three cats, Atreyu, Lickorice, and the newest addition, Moira Pickles, as well as a pair of corn snakes named Mussamia and Rosie. DVM, CVA Amanda Amanda was a technician with Helping Hands Veterinary Clinic between 2007 and 2015. She transitioned with the clinic when Dr. Crystal Brobst-Wormell purchased the practice now known as P.A.W. Veterinary Clinic in 2015.
Amanda earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Hood College in 2006. With a love for science and the desire to want to work with animals every day, being a veterinary technician allows her to merge the two interests into a rewarding career so she can be along for the journey as clients bring in new pets; watching them grow from puppies and kittens to adults and eventually to seniors, and providing wonderful care along the way.
Amanda lives in Thurmont, Maryland with her husband David, and their son, Braden. They share their home with many animals, including 3 dogs – Nymeria, Maverick and Star; 4 cats – Storm, Rogue, Channing and Tilly and a Red-Footed Tortoise – Spidey.
When not at the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her family and pets, riding her horse, an off the track thoroughbred named Sancho (he can be a bit wild, but it always makes for a fun ride), taking photographs, reading, and watching hockey and football. Practice Manager and Veterinary Technician Donna Donna has been in the veterinary field for the last 21 years. She has worked in all areas of the hospital including reception, veterinary assistant, kennel, practice manager, just about everything except veterinarian. She has a degree in Biology from the University of Maryland. Her love of horses is what drew her into veterinary medicine.
Donna shares her home with her husband Brian and her two boys, Joshua and Jason. Her four legged family includes a Boxer named Sarge, Miles, a Lab/Boxer mix, Leeda , a Pekingese, and Charli the Chihuahua.
When not working, Donna enjoys gardening, reading and going to the beach with her family. She also likes baseball and football. Reception Issac Issac has been an assistant at P.A.W. Veterinary Clinic since October, 2019. Issac graduated from Linganore High School in May, 2019 and has taken multiple veterinary classes. He decided to continue his education and study veterinary assisting at Carroll Community College.
Issac has a strong desire to work with animals and working in the veterinary field only made his love for animals stronger. Issac also has as C2 rating in the United States Pony Club, allowing him to have increased equine knowledge.
Issac lives in Union Bridge, Maryland and shares his home with a Bloodhound named Fred, a Hound mix named Remy and a cat named Frankie. Issac also owns an off the track thoroughbred – Baloo. Issac and Baloo are competitive in dressage and eventing. Outside of the animal world, Issac is an amazing artist and enjoys spending his free time painting and drawing human and animal portraits. Veterinary Assistant Ron Ron Brobst has worked in the animal-care industry for over 25 years and enjoyed the company of animals since he was very young.
Ron grew up in Rockville, Maryland and earned his Associate’s degree in animal science immediately after high school. After working in private practice for two years, he started at a research laboratory—where he would meet his future wife, Dr. Crystal Brobst-Wormell—and remained there for 18 years while still serving part-time in private practice. After taking time off of work to help raise his and Dr. Wormell’s three children, Ron jumped at the opportunity to help his wife start a new chapter in her career and purchase their neighborhood veterinary practice, Helping Hands Veterinary Clinic, where he took his pets when he first moved to Mount Airy in 1996. When he isn’t tending to his duties around the clinic, Ron enjoys raising his kids—Megan, Jared, and Caitlyn—and seeing their love for animals flourish. The family shares their home with four dogs, three cats, a pair of corn snakes, a hermit crab and a poison dart frog. Veterinary Technician, Bookkeeper, Maintenance Nicki Nicki has worked in the animal field for over 19 years. Her passion, for dogs specifically, began when she was 14 whe she got her first puppy, a boxer named Heidi. Nicki spent years working at veterinary hospitals, horse farms, training facilities and a grooming facility. She has been at P.A.W. Veterinary Clinic since 2015.
She lives with her boyfriend, 2 cats, Arrgoo and Hoobes, and 2 dogs, Puppi, a German Shepherd Dog mix and Brody, a Rottweiler mix. She spends her free time hiking, gardening, and enriching her pets’ lives. She values health and wellness, not only for herself, but for each one of her pets as well. Veterinary Technician Sam Sam started working at P.A.W. Veterinary Clinic at the end of 2016 while attending Frederick Community College. He recently earned his Associates Degree! With an interest in science and animals, Sam is considering veterinary medicine as a career path before he decides to transfer to a four year college.
Sam enjoys getting to know all of our clients and their pets. He is always ready to lend a helping hand with anything that needs to be done at the clinic. In addition to working with our patients, Sam helps with maintenance around the clinic.
In his spare time, Sam enjoys spending time with his family, girlfriend and his dog, Buddy , and his cat, Nala. Outside of studying and working, he enjoys reading, playing the guitar, and working on his car. Veterinary Assistant/Reception