Meet our Veterinarians

Dr. Burke was born and raised in Catonsville.  She attended Catonsville Elementary, Junior and Senior High Schools.  She  graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore County in 1982 and received her DVM with honors from Ohio State University in 1985.  She opened Paradise Animal Hospital on June 19, 1990.  Her special interests include internal medicine, geriatrics and canine rehabilitation.  She is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner.  Dr. Burke and her husband, Will, are the proud parents of two boys, Nick and Mack; two dogs, Ripp and Croner; two cats, Charlotte and Ahab; and a parakeet.  In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, gardening, working out with her friends and antiquing.

Chris Rico is the director of  Canine Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine. A Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, Chris has been a veterinary technician for more than 20 years, and has worked in many areas of veterinary medicine including private practice, emergency medicine and for a busy local neurosurgeon.  A team member at Paradise since 2001, she brings tremendous hands on knowledge to her clients as well as compassion and confidence to her patients.  She completed the University of Tennessee Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner program in June 2004.  She is the first veterinary technician in Maryland to be certified CCRP.

As a pet therapist, Emily Reese  works with both long-term and short-term patients, facilitating therapy and making recommendations based on each animal’s progress. Emily approaches each of her patients as an “individual." Her therapies begin with understanding the personality of each animal, and cultivating relationships that enable her to customize plans based on the individual animal's likes and dislikes. Emily has a degree in general studies and is working on training one of her own pets as a professional therapy dog.

Liz Wildt is a rehabilitation assistant and in-house technician. She's been working in the veterinary field since 2009 and in the animal care industry for the last seven years. Prior to working at Paradise Animal Hospital, Liz was a kennel technician at a boarding facility for dogs and cats. Liz is knowledgeable in animal handling, gait analysis, and assistive devices. She brings enthusiasm about learning and working, as well as compassion to the center's patients. She is currently pursuing a degree in animal sciences.