Important Pender Emergency Room Update 5/5/2022 

Until further notice, our Emergency Room will be open 24/7 on select days starting 5/1/2022.

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.

703-591-3304

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Professional Interests

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Personal Interests

When I’m not at work, I love to be creative in any way I can, be it through cooking, painting, or crafting. I love music, especially percussion, and am a dedicated alumna of the UMD drumline. Recently, I have been expanding my board game collection and love having game nights with friends. I currently have one beautiful, cuddly Domestic Shorthair cat named Lily.

Education

VMD from University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from University of Maryland

How I Got Here

I grew up in northern New Jersey and have always had a curiosity and compassion for animals. I discovered the world of veterinary medicine at the start of my undergraduate career. I started out mainly in shelter medicine, volunteering at local TNR clinics and rescues, and eventually joined the board of the Shelter Medicine Club at Penn. At the same time, I developed an extensive biomedical and comparative research background. Research gave me a deeper understanding of evidence-based medicine and allowed me to advocate for the humane treatment of animals in science. My love for zoo and exotic animal medicine grew in vet school, as I gained experience through elective courses, shadowing, and externships. My externships included the ASPCA Forensic Medicine Unit, National Aquarium in Baltimore, and University of Illinois Zoo Pathology Service. Working at Pender gives me the opportunity to continue learning new and exciting things every day. I’m happy to have found a practice where I can follow my passion for both small animal and exotic medicine while working with a great team to provide the best possible care!

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