My fascination, love and respect for animals began with class trips to the Bronx Zoo and the New York Aquarium. I went there as often as I could and I dreamt of being a veterinarian someday. I didn’t have pets growing up so I spent my free time walking the neighbors’ dogs and pet sitting for all the animals in my apartment building. As soon as I was old enough I spent my summers volunteering at local vet clinics, a wildlife rehabilitation center, and the Bronx Zoo reptile department. I did my undergraduate studies at Tufts University and majored in biology. In my undergraduate summers I worked on a farm, did research on the ecology of fireflies, did an externship at the Bronx Zoo pathology department, and an externship at a Cornell research lab. I then went into basic research and got my Masters in ecology and evolutionary biology from SUNY Buffalo. I studied veterinary medicine at the University of Glasgow in Scotland for 5 years and traveled and worked throughout the UK. I absolutely loved the opportunity to live and study there and made amazing memories and lifelong friendships. I also met my partner there and we moved back to the United States where I began working in small animal practice first back in New York and New Jersey and then relocated to Southern California in 2012. I have a strong interest in general medicine and surgery, preventative care, and management of endocrine diseases. I believe that animals are amazing and wonderful creatures evolutionarily, physiologically, and of course emotionally. They are our best friends and members of our family and deserve to be cared for and loved to the best of our abilities. It is my goal to be a partner to pet parents and to help them understand what their pet needs to stay healthy and have a long and happy life. My current four-legged family includes an ex-racing Greyhound named Finn, a rescue Pit Bull named Hadley, a rescue Chihuahua named Bean, and a Sphinx cat named Wrinkles. In my free time I like to dance Argentine tango, swim, read and learn to play the handpan.