Dr. Howells completed her veterinary medical education in 2010 at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Before that, she had a checkered past. She graduated in 2001 from Brown University with a degree in Physics and Astronomy, and then explored various career options, including teaching and working as a musician, before returning to her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. Having lived in various places ranging from the beach to the Appalachians to Mexico, she decided to put down roots in Colorado. She practiced medicine for over 4 years before joining the Firehouse team in January of 2015. In her free time, she enjoys biking, hiking, running, swimming, cooking, and spending time with her family, her husband and their son, their dog, Diego and their 3 cats.