Veterinary medicine wasn’t initially on her radar despite the variety of companionship and devotion she had with the many animals in her life that included horses, goats, guinea pigs, birds, lizards, dogs, cats, and the occasional rescued wildlife. Over time with the influence of people that had faith in her abilities, she was encouraged to look into veterinary medicine instead of computer science or art. That led her to volunteer at a veterinary clinic in a remote area of Virginia, which is where the magic happened and her calling came into light.
Within the first five minutes of volunteering, her eyes and heart clearly saw the path she was meant to walk (or hike.) From that moment on, she devoted the rest of her educational career to veterinary medicine with the hopes of becoming a veterinarian. Luckily, all the hard work paid off with a rare opportunity and she was a part of the graduating class of 2002 at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
From that point forward, she has only looked back in wonder at her life. She began practicing in Sierra Vista in 2002 and moved to Tucson in 2004. She joined Rolling Hills Pet Clinic in 2005 as an associate veterinarian. This is where she felt she had found her place in the veterinary community and became the owner in 2008.
She appreciates that every goal for every pet companion has a unique answer based on each pet’s needs. Her ultimate goal is to nurture a long, healthy and happy life for the pets in people’s lives. Sometimes this requires creative thinking, but in the end her goal is to determine how to partner with the pet’s human family to make the goal a reality. Her life’s mantra is to never, never, never give up, unless there is a good reason too, but either way, always try to find peace within the decision.
Her fur family is made up of two wonderful orange tabby boy kitties, a fun loving girl yellow lab and a cool Fancy boy hamster. Her human family consists of two amazing kids. This combination keeps her laughing at least daily.