From a young age, I have felt a strong connection with animals and have recognized their ability to bring their human family members comfort and happiness. Growing up, I entertained pursuing careers in teaching or medicine, knowing that in some way I wanted to nurture people. It was during my undergraduate pre-med studies at the University of Florida that I decided to combine my love of animals with my desire to help people and pursue becoming a veterinarian.
I graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at UF in 1996. I spent 4 years at a small animal practice in Atlanta before moving home to Florida where I have worked as an associate doctor at a Longwood veterinary practice for the last 14 years. I am very excited to start the next chapter of my career and have a practice of my own.
I love being a veterinarian. I strive to nurture the bond between people and their pets by aiding in the maintenance of their pet’s health and happiness. In protecting the health of pets, I hope that I am also improving the wellbeing of their human family members. While I enjoy every aspect of veterinary medicine, my areas of special interest are soft tissue surgery and endocrinology. Veterinary medicine is a field that is constantly evolving and growing; I am excited to continue learning and evolving with the field.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, usually doing outdoor activities. My husband, Tom, and I have 2 children; our daughter, Erika, and our son, Thomas. My mother, Sheila, also lives with us; we have a full house before we even count the pets! We have 2 dogs; Lacey the lab, also known as the chocomoose, and Lucille the dachshund-shih-tzu mix. We have 1 cat, Ella, who is diabetic. We also have a crested gecko, Striker.
Memberships: AVMA, FVMA, AAHA, CFVMA