I am a small animal veterinarian who is passionate about helping pets attain optimal health so that they enrich and enjoy their families. I graduated from University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. I took a detour into basic science research when I obtained a PhD. in Equine Reproductive Immunology from Cornell University in 1994. I returned to private practice in the mid-1990’s when I found that my heart wasn’t fulfilled by basic research. For the last 11 years, I worked as a Shelter Medicine veterinarian in San Diego. Shelter veterinarians excel at managing infectious disease outbreaks, handling trauma cases, and practicing high volume spay and neuter surgery. Since 2009, I estimate I’ve spayed and neutered over 20,000 animals. In March 2020, I moved to Arizona during the pandemic to be closer to family.
My professional interests are pain management and arthritis care, dentistry, surgery, ultrasound and acupuncture. Regarding acupuncture, I completed my course work in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and acupuncture with the Chi Institute in 2014.
My primary interest outside of work is long distance hiking. Since 2017, I hiked and backpacked over 5,000 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail, the Arizona Trail and the Te Araroa (New Zealand). My next hiking adventure may be on the Continental Divide Trail (3100 miles), although I would love to spend time hiking the Grand Canyon.
I’m grateful to have spent my working life in the veterinary profession, a calling I embraced at age 6. I also appreciate the opportunity to be part of the Casa Grande Animal Hospital community. I share my life with my cats (Ollie, George and Goose) and a Chihuahua mix (Cappy).