Important Pender Emergency Room Update 7/5/2022 

Until further notice, our Emergency Room will be open 24/7 starting 7/1/2022.

Please remember to call us if you and your pet are in need of medical assistance. If our facility is at capacity, our evening and overnight team has access to the status of other local emergency rooms and can better serve you if you call first to discuss your pet’s needs.


Life is either a daring adventure or nothing - Helen Keller

Professional Interests

Integrative Medicine, Small animal dermatology, and Exotics medicine

Personal Interests

When I’m not at work, you can find me world traveling, belly dancing, winery hopping, lounging on the beach, scuba diving, or at home cuddling with my three dogs, Anya, Aurora, Abu, and two crested geckos.


Virginia Tech Bachelor of Science in Animal and Poultry Science with a minor in Music/ Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2016 / Clinical year at Louisiana State University/Fear Free Certification/Certification of Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine/ Certification of Veterinary Acupuncture

How I Got Here

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 participated in several research projects. I had the opportunity to travel to South Africa to help stop rhino poaching and relocate giraffes as well as various hoofstock. My externships included Niles Animal Hospital and Bird Medical Center, ASPCA, and Wildlife Safari. Prior to Pender, I traveled to Costa Rica to teach veterinary medicine, while participating in spay/neuter clinics and wildlife rehab facilities (Kids Saving The Rainforest and Proyecto Asis). Obtaining my Fear Free certification, Chinese herbal medicine certification, and acupuncture certification, I found my passion for integrative medicine. Most recently I’ve taken on the position of co-MDVM at Pender to order to continuously provide successful quality medicine for our patients.

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