I am originally from just outside Philadelphia, PA. I received my undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where I majored in East Asian Studies. I worked for two years afterwards as a zookeeper at the Saint Louis Zoo, where I fell in love with studying lemurs. I went to graduate school and earned a Master’s degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. I then attended the University of Texas at Austin and obtained a Master’s degree in Physical Anthropology with a focus on Primatology. My graduate studies over the years took me to Madagascar where I spent a cumulative two years studying lemur behavior and ecology in the field. I took a hiatus from academia afterwards and worked for four years as a tour guide leading biking and hiking trips throughout Europe, Central America, the United States, and Canada. I completed a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at Bennington College in Vermont for my veterinary prerequisite classes, and then attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.
My clinical interests include cardiology, emergency medicine, infectious disease, hematology, endocrine disorders, and pharmacology. My interests outside of veterinary medicine include playing guitar and piano, wine, road cycling, travel, and hanging out with my two cats – Mister Cat and Small Cat. I am thrilled and excited to join the incredible team at Friendship and to get to explore my new city!