The first photo I can remember of me with an animal, I was about 2 and was carrying a friendly barn cat around by his belly near my home in small town Nebraska. I’ve come a long way in my understanding of the human-animal bond, animal welfare, and animal wellness since then.
I received my DVM from Iowa State University in 2015. I’ve spent 6 years in small animal general practice between Omaha, Kansas City, and Spirit Lake. While the rewards of the field are too numerous to name, my greatest passion has been helping pets to live pain free. We do this in a variety of ways from vaccinating against preventable illness, to medically managing acute illnesses, to surgical intervention of pain. My favorite way to manage pain is to alleviate it through small animal dentistry. Perhaps this interest cultivated early in life growing up in a dental office going to work with my mom who is a dental hygienist. I don’t know that for sure, but I do know that I love the practice of small animal dentistry and knowing I’m alleviating chronic pain.
I’ve been back in Kansas City for 3 months and am excited to continue to grow and mold within this organization. I’ve been a guinea pig mom for over 8 years, a horse mom for 8 years, a dog mom for 12 years, and a cat mom since before I can remember. My newest kitty Duke came to me with painful eyes. I removed them and took him home. He’s the happiest kitty you’ve ever seen and loves to crawl in the fridge whenever it’s open. He’s somewhat of a celebrity here.
In my free time I enjoy singing, reading, watching movies, spending time with my small group, and talking / participating in West Coast Swing dancing and competing.