Born and raised in South Florida, I attended the University of Florida (Go Gators!) for my undergraduate career. From there I went to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, on the gorgeous island of St Kitts, and finished my clinical work at the University of Tennessee.
"I learned that dogs had doctors when I was 2 years old and I had a single minded goal from then on to be a veterinarian. I built HPVC to be the neighborhood practice where the pets walk in tail wagging or a purr in their throat because they trust us, just as their people do. "
I was born and raised in Santa Monica/Culver City and grew up with an array of pets – birds, fish, and dogs. At the young age of six, my budgie (parakeet) developed a “bump” under its wing, and my mom and I took it to our local vet for examination. I was in awe during the entire examination process – that’s when I knew I wanted to help animals.
As I got older, I volunteered for local animal hospitals helping techs give medications, taking animals for walks, prepping fecal samples to be analyzed with the microscope, etc. During undergrad, I worked in a research lab focusing on plant enzymes, and obtained a degree in biology. After I graduated, I worked as a receptionist at an animal hospital in Santa Monica that treated a variety of animals – cats, dogs, birds, small mammals, and reptiles. I went to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on St. Kitts and finished my clinical training at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (go Vols!).
A few things I enjoy are reading, cooking/baking, spending time with family and friends, traveling/new adventures, yoga practice, running…and the list goes on and on!