Growing up in Los Angeles alongside black Labrador retrievers, I always feel most at home when I’m around animals. Early on I became fascinated by dinosaurs, and though I still love paleontology, I decided that I wanted to work with live creatures instead of fossils. I began my experience in veterinary medicine as a high school volunteer at local small animal hospitals. However, I quickly fell in love with zoo and wildlife medicine because I wanted to get involved with conservation of endangered species. At Duke University I majored in biology, minored in history, and volunteered at the Duke Lemur Center for four years. I have been fortunate to gain further experience domestically at the Los Angeles Zoo, Sacramento Zoo, and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, as well as abroad with Tasmanian devils in Australia, Andean cats in Argentina, and caribou in British Columbia.
As a veterinary student at UC Davis, I studied both large and small animal medicine. In the summer of 2015 a few classmates and I traveled to Sri Lanka to investigate One Health issues connecting humans, animals and the environment. During my clinical year of veterinary school I discovered enjoyment in small animal emergency medicine, soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, radiology and cardiology. Some of my favorite challenges include diagnosing and treating disease, comparing and contrasting medicine across different species, and working with a wide variety of patients, clients and colleagues. I love dogs and cats every bit as much as wolves and cheetahs, and I look forward to working with them every day here at Friendship Hospital for Animals.
When outside the hospital, I play a variety of team sports (basketball, football, soccer, etc) at a sometimes-frustrating level of mediocrity and root for the L.A. Lakers, Dodgers and Rams as well as the Duke Blue Devils. I also love the outdoors and strive to immerse myself in new cultures whenever I get the precious opportunity to travel abroad (next on my list is Ireland, but I’d go anywhere). I can’t wait to discover everything D.C. has to offer with my chocolate Lab, Hagrid!