I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. I've always felt bonded to animals and becoming a vet was a childhood dream of mine. I wanted to be able to be there for them like my own pets have always been there for me, so I left a 10-year career in real estate to pursue my dream. I began shadowing in clinics and volunteering at an animal shelter while earning my Associate's degree in Biology from Salt Lake Community College. I then moved to Logan, Utah, to attend Utah State University on a scholarship where I earned my Bachelor's degree in Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Science and was honored to be chosen as the USU College of Agriculture's valedictorian. I was accepted into WSU's WIMU program where I completed the first two years of vet school at Utah State University before moving to Pullman, Washington, to complete my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree at Washington State University. I liked Washington enough that I decided to stay in the state.
As a veterinarian, I advocate for the continued health of my patients by providing preventative health care such as diet recommendations, vaccinations, lab work and parasite prevention, as well as form diagnostic and treatment plans for pets with medical conditions. I'm also interested in soft tissue surgery because of its ability to prevent and often cure certain diseases.
I share my life with my partner, Derek, and his two children. Our combined interests include hiking, camping, water sports, fishing, cooking, and spending time with family.
I have two Boston Terrier/Pug mix dogs named Guinness (age 15) and Olive (age 13). Guinness is a demanding mama's boy that requires a lot of belly scratches. Olive is an equally demanding, bossy, mama's girl that loves her "brother" Guinness and snuggling. They are both obsessed with blankets. I also have one Lynx Point Siamese cat (1-year-old) named Ivan who I drove eight hours round-trip to adopt. He is an independent and mischievous weirdo that loves car rides and hiking.