Life is either a daring adventure or nothing - Helen Keller
Small animal dermatology, avian (especially raptors), and exotics
When I’m not at work, you can find me world traveling, belly dancing, playing guitar and piano, spending time outdoors especially lounging on the beach and scuba diving, or cuddling with my dog, Anya.
Originally from the Chicago area, I grew up around various animals at my family’s farm in Wisconsin. While obtaining my undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech, I worked at the Virginia-Maryland Veterinary School large animal clinic and a local small animal clinic. Afterwards, I moved back to North Carolina where I worked at small animal clinics as a veterinary assistant and volunteered at the Carolina Raptor Center for several years. While attending Ross University, I was an officer for an animal welfare program (PAWS) and volunteered for several research projects including the repellent effect of a product against Ischnocera lice in chickens, pain perception in donkeys, prevalence of whipworms infections in cats, and a shorebirds project. During a summer break, I traveled to South Africa to help stop rhino poaching (cutting off their horns) and relocate giraffes as well as various hoofstock. My externships included Niles Animal Hospital and Bird Medical Center, ASPCA, and Wildlife Safari. Following my graduation, I traveled to Costa Rica to teach veterinary medicine to high schoolers, while participating in spay/neuter clinics and wildlife rescue facilities (Kids Saving The Rainforest and Proyecto Asis).