Originally from rural Wisconsin, I am the resident Cheeseheadof the group! I joined the Heron Creek Animal Hospital family in the spring of 2020.
I obtained my Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 2018. Prior to graduation I gained additional surgical education via an externship to Baja, Mexico supporting local spay/neuter events. And general triage and medical management care supporting the recovery effort of missing and stranded animals following Hurricane Harvey.
Prior to veterinary school I completed an Associates in Applied Sciences degree in Veterinary Technology. As a certified veterinary technician I gained a myriad of patient handling and client education experience as a technician in general practice. I then took those skills and focused them to become a primary anesthesia technician at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA supporting patients through surgical, diagnostic and radiation oncology procedures.
Before establishing a career in veterinary medicine, I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree from Ripon College. A scientist in training,Ienjoyed the opportunity to contribute to sea turtle conservation in Costa Rica and study botany and freshwater forest ecology in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. I also contributed to the research of invasive freshwater phytoplankton at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, MI. My first job found me living on Skidaway Island teaching kids about spider crabs and estuarine ecology at the University of Georgia's Marine education center and aquarium!
Through all of these experiences I have gradually found my niche in client education and animal wellness. Some specific interests have become emergency medicine, surgery, dermatology, and internal medicine. I am also enjoying the opportunity to treat non-traditional pets such as hamsters, lizards, ferrets and sugar gliders! I’ll even see achicken or pot belly pig if needed! The interaction with animals and seeing them thrive, mature and recover from illness is very rewarding. However, my greatest pride comes from being able to help owners understand the often complicated medical issues pets can face so we may work together to provide the best therapy and well care for our loyal companions.
Away from the clinic, I enjoy paddle boarding, kayaking and searching for shark teeth. As well as opportunities to travel with family and friends. I have recently gotten into sewing and playing the piano again! I am fortunate to be welcomed home each day by my Hurricane Harvey rescue pup, Otto and sweet Oliver the cat.