I grew up outside Milwaukee and spent a lot of my free time caring for my many pets and watching nature documentaries. As a kid I even traveled with my VHS tape of BBC’s Blue Planet: Seas of Life. I always knew I wanted to work with animals, but I didn’t consider becoming a veterinarian until I went to college.
I completed my pre-veterinary coursework and attended veterinary school at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. During this time I spent four summers volunteering in Belize at a primate and manatee rehabilitation center; I learned about conservation and human-wildlife interactions, and I had the privilege to be a surrogate parent for orphaned primates.
In veterinary school, I developed interests in primary care, cardiology, and diagnostic imaging. However, my favorite part of my clinical year was working with clients, observing the bonds they had with their pets, and learning how to best be a resource for them. It’s an awesome privilege having the knowledge to help people and the animals they love.
I’m thrilled to be joining the team at Friendship, and I can’t wait to explore the DC area. Outside of veterinary medicine I love catching up on politics, spending time at the gym, and obsessing over my dog, River!