Important Pender Emergency Room Update: 

Beginning on 7/12/2021, Pender had to adjust our emergency hours. We are open to see incoming emergencies from 7:00am-10:00pm until further announced. Pender will still have qualified Veterinary Professionals for nursing care 24/7, 365 with a doctor on call for hospitalized patients. Since an Emergency Veterinarian is not onsite after 10:00pm, please remember to call us if you need help with your pet, as our evening and overnight team does have access to the status of other local emergency rooms and can better serve you if you call first to discuss your pet’s needs during night-time hours.

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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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