I grew up in Powhatan, VA, where I was fortunate to be raised on a farm full of animals. I earned my undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary, graduate degree in clinical social work at the University of Maryland, graduate certificate in equine-assisted mental health from the University of Denver, and post-graduate certificate in veterinary social work from the University of Tennessee. I’m excited to join the team at Friendship so that I may tend to the human needs for both clients and staff that arise in the relationships between humans and animals in veterinary care. Prior to Friendship, I worked as a social worker in critical care at the Johns Hopkins Burn and Trauma Center, served on a mobile crisis team, and completed a clinical research fellowship at the NIH studying traumatic stress. I trained in veterinary social work at an emergency and speciality pet hospital in Maryland. My work within the human-animal bond also includes serving as a therapist in equine-assisted psychotherapy on a local, therapeutic farm. In my free time, I enjoy riding horses and competing in Ride & Tie endurance races. For self-care, I appreciate getting to spend time outdoors (paddling, climbing, and trail running), volunteering with mules in the National Park Service, and practicing yoga.