Veterinarian in Baltimore

Meet Our Veterinarians

Get to know our team of veterinarians here at Paradise Animal Hospital by reading their staff bios, so that you, and your pet, can be assured that you will have the best care possible for any of your pet’s health needs!

Dr. Thacker

Dr. Thacker grew up in southeast Michigan just across the border from Toledo, OH. She earned her B.S. in Biology at Valparaiso University in Biology and the Humanities. She then attended Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where she completed her DVM. Her special interests are in Surgery, Dentistry, Dermatology and Behavior (especially facilitating low-stress vet visits). She currently lives in downtown Baltimore with her husband and her guinea pig, Echo, and is loving city life. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling with her husband, exploring local restaurants and salsa dancing.

Dr. King

Dr. King

Dr. Jennifer King grew up in Northern Virginia. She graduated from St. George’s University Vet School in 2006. She has practiced veterinary medicine in Maryland in 2006 and became certified in rehabilitation & physical therapy in 2011. She is interested in neurology, ophthalmology, feline medicine and pain management. She practiced emergency medicine and rehabilitation for 5 years before joining Paradise Animal Hospital. After recently losing her cat Sylvia, she only has one furry companion a Doberman named Darby. But she has a full house with her two young sons, Robert and Isaac, husband Daniel and her mother whom helps care for the boys!


Dr. Riehl

Dr. Riehl, originally from Corvallis, Ore., completed her undergraduate degree at Colorado State University. She returned home for veterinary school and graduated from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She completed an internship at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 2012. Dr. Riehl’s veterinary interests include sports medicine and internal medicine.

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Riehl enjoys long-distance running, ultimate frisbee, competitive horse-back riding (three-day eventing), and going to concerts. Throughout her years of animal service, she has miraculously adopted only two pets: a faithful black Lab mix named Sally, and a cat named Otter.


Dr. Twardzik

After graduating from Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003, Dr. Twardzik moved to Portland, Oregon, where she practiced for ten years. In 2013, she returned to Maryland and joined the Paradise team. Her areas of interest include internal medicine, feline medicine, pain management, wellness and senior care. joined the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County in July, 2013. She became interested in animals at a young age; and spent summers working on her grandparents' dairy farm and began riding horses at 12 years old. Dr. Zajac attended King's College in Wilkes-Barre, PA where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology, and then headed off to Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in Auburn, AL. Although she loved Southern life and enjoyed meeting new people, Dr. Zajac felt the urge to be back in PA with her family. After graduation, she returned to PA in 2009 where she worked with dogs, cats and horses as a general practitioner. In her free time Dr. Zajac enjoys birding, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. She have a horse named Lovie and a cat named Gus.

In her time away from the hospital, Dr. Twardzik enjoys writing, reading, gardening, travel, and any number of outdoor activities. She currently shares her home with her cat Winky. 


Dr. Bloom

Dr. Sandra Bloom graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and has strong interests in surgery and dentistry in addition to internal and dermatology practice. She is delighted that each day she can make life better for animals and their humans through her work! When not working, Dr. Bloom tends to a small herd of cats and a very hungry Labrador Retriever. Most days can find her cooking, exploring the Baltimore area with her dog, or voraciously reading pretty much anything. Please include your book recommendations when you visit!

Dr. Pearson

Dr. Pearson

Dr. Pearson joins our practice as Medical Director. She graduated from Virginia Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in 2000 and went on to receive her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2004.
Since 2004, Dr. Pearson has been a general practitioner with special interests in internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. In 2016 she completed her training in Canine Rehabilitation Certification from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Pearson feels it is important to have an open line of communication with clients about their pets and to answer any questions they may have.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two sons, Charlie and Joe and her goofy dog, Ruby. She is an avid Hokie, Orioles, Lions, and Caps fan.

Dr. Halpern

Dr. Halpern

Dr. Halpern grew up in central New Jersey, just outside of New York City. She earned her B.S. in Biology and Italian Studies from Brandeis University. She then completed her DVM at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Her special interests include Feline Medicine and Behavior, Internal Medicine, and Ophthalmology. She currently lives in Hanover with her two cats, Mrs. Ethel P. Zabladowski (who is rarely on a first name basis with anyone), and Daisy. When not working, she enjoys travelling, exploring local restaurants, and playing volleyball.