I began volunteering at an animal hospital on Long Island when I was just 15 years old, mostly walking dogs and cleaning cages. I had wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I could remember, and some of the lessons I learned while volunteering help me to be a better veterinarian today. Growing up on Long Island, I learned a great appreciation for the outdoors, spending summers on the water, kayaking and fishing. I also enjoy hiking, and have done about ~500 miles of the Appalachian Trail with my husband.
I got my Bachelor of Science in Biology from Boston College, where I also played Division I Lacrosse for four years. After college I attended the University of Pennsylvania for veterinary school and developed interests in emergency medicine and working dog/sports medicine. While in veterinary school, my husband and I fostered a black Labrador retriever named Merlyn, who is now a FEMA certified search and rescue canine for Arizona Task Force I. Raising him for a year taught me so much about the amazing power of the human-animal bond.
I am honored to be part of the team at Friendship Hospital for Animals and to learn more about the intricacies of each specialty. I also can’t wait to explore the D.C. area!