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.

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"We speak with more than our mouths. We listen with more than our ears." - Mr. Rodgers

Professional Interests

Emergency medicine, Exotics medicine, surgery.

Personal Interests

Outside of veterinary medicine, I love to spend time with relatives that live in the area. Weekly, we have a “Local Ladies” day where we craft, bake and spend time together.  I love to travel and explore the world, particularly anywhere where I can scuba dive. I like to read/watch science fiction. I live with 4 cats and 2 ferrets that all get along well.

Education

DVM from St. Matthew’s University. Clinical year at University of Illinois. Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from Texas A&M at Galveston. Veterinary externships at Shedd Aquarium and Georgia Aquarium.

How I Got Here

I moved here from Chicago during the pandemic to be closer to my family. I had been working at Midwest Bird & Exotic Animal Hospital for 3.5 years before joining Pender in 2020. As an emergency vet, I saw 50% caseload of exotics and 50% cat/dog. Here at Pender, I am excited to be working in the Exotics department mainly, but I am starting to work in cat/dog ER again and enjoy this as well. I like variety and working with many different species. The field of exotic animal medicine is exciting as there is always updates and new research on how we can best care for our patients.  The reason why I decided to become a Veterinarian was my desire to help people take excellent care of their pet, and in turn strengthen their bond with their pet and their love for animals in general.

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