Despite being born in Indiana and raised in Connecticut, my childhood dream career was actually to become a dolphin trainer! To that end, I pursued undergraduate degrees in marine science, biology, and psychology at the University of Miami. In my second year, I was fortunate enough to participate in a dolphin training internship in Key Largo. It was here where I was first exposed to minor medical procedures that occurred on site (dolphins can’t drive down to the neighborhood vet very easily). This is what sparked my interest in the veterinary field. I thought it was amazing what these doctors could detect and treat on animals that couldn’t tell them what was wrong or even leave the water readily. I wanted to be the one to help, not just train them, but heal them as well.
After this, I added on the pre-vet track and threw myself into volunteering at all the small animal clinics I could get my hands on, while also creating and piloting a veterinary internship with the same dolphin facility for the next summer. After working with cats, dogs, and dolphins, I knew there was no job better suited for me than being a veterinarian – I get to be both analytical and caring; I get to see the animals I love, and help fix the things that are hurting them.
From Miami I traveled to the University of California, Davis for veterinary school. I studied every animal from tiny tree frogs and fish to humongous giraffes and whales. It was clear to me that nothing exceeded the love that pet parents have for their cats and dogs, and I wanted to be able to help nurture that on a daily basis.
I have worked as a small animal veterinarian here in Florida for a few years prior to finding Animal Medical Clinic, and I couldn’t be happier to be here! I have a special interest in diagnostic imaging, specifically ultrasonography, as well as soft tissue surgery and preventative care.
My hobbies include anything ocean related (i.e. scuba diving, snorkeling, paddling, boating) or mountain related (i.e. snowboarding, hiking, backpacking, white water rafting). I also have a small zoo of pets at home – Sadie the golden retriever, George and Carl the cats, Rue the gerbil, and a 75-gallon fish tank.