I decided I wanted to be a vet when I was 8. I started volunteering at a local vet hospital at 14 and began working there as kennel help. Eventually I was promoted to reception and then to a tech. I worked through high school and my first summer of college at UC Berkeley. At that time, I was really interested in Slavic studies, specifically Russian, and Ecology, so I worked by the school, studied abroad in Russia, and then did ecology research for my honors thesis. When I graduated, I was torn which way to go, so I decided to go into the Peace Corps, which was also a long-time goal. I found myself stationed in the Russian Far East for two years. When I returned, I worked as an Academic Counselor at University of Phoenix and took all the additional required classes for vet school. I earned my degree at Cornell, then came back to San Diego for my internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at VSH. I worked in general practice for a year, then moved back to emergency at VSH for the next 12 years. I wanted to work closer to home and did relieving all over the South Bay area, and finally became part-time with OPV!

I am a life long resident of Chula Vista and went to Hilltop High school. My areas of interest are emergency care, internal medicine, and working with owners to find the best way to care for their beloved pets.

My hobbies include hiking, traveling, reading (when there is time!), and spending time with loved ones, both friends and family.

My family includes my husband, two daughters, Joey the lab, Georgia the cat, and Tanner the tortoise 🙂