Undergrad school: University of California, Davis (Bachelor of Science in Animal Science)
Veterinary school: Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Residency: The Ohio State University
Why did you choose to specialize in small animal internal medicine? As many veterinarians will say, I have always enjoyed being around animals. Pets have an amazing ability to enrich our lives, and provide us with unconditional affection and companionship. So I wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine where I could help these animals, and in turn, help people. I chose to pursue additional training in internal medicine because it is a very broad and encompassing discipline, and I enjoy the wide variety of cases that I get to see. Internal Medicine cases are often a complex puzzle, and I enjoy the challenges of trying to put the pieces together, to ultimately have a successful outcome for both the patient and the client.
Why do you choose to practice at VCA West Coast? VCA West Coast promotes a collaborative approach to complex cases, where multiple veterinary specialists work together to provide the best care possible. I truly believe in this multi-disciplinary approach, so I wanted to be a part of a hospital team that embraces this philosophy. As a native of South Orange County, I had always hoped to one day move back "home", so VCA West Coast was a good "fit" to make that happen.
What do you enjoy doing outside of practicing medicine? When not practicing veterinary medicine, I enjoy spending time with my wife (a veterinary anesthesiologist) and two young children, and also our three dogs (Miniature Schnauzer Bolota, Akita/Labrador mix Fender, and Coconut Retriever Savannah). I enjoy hiking, stand up paddle boarding, going to the beach, playing guitar, and eating good sushi. Having grown up in Orange County, I'm very excited to be returning home to enjoy the Southern California Lifestyle and all that it has to offer.