I have worked for Dr. Jan since 2014. I started my pre-veterinary career in shelter medicine as an assistant in 2002.
Feline medicine is my passion. I am a lifelong ailurophile, although I enjoy working with patients of other species as well. As an undergraduate, I studied anthropology at the University of Michigan. I spent 10 years after college working in the nonprofit sector before entering veterinary school at Michigan State. I was the cat nerd in my vet school class. I served as Vice President and then President of the MSU Student Chapter of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, took additional specialty externship training in feline medicine, and received the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) Outstanding Senior Student Award in Feline Medicine and Surgery.
I have been an enthusiastic AAFP member since graduation and plan my vacations around cat-related continuing education events. I currently belong to my beloved clowder of cats: Tatiana (sassy 7-year-old calico with an attitude); Lacey and Bleu (retired blood donors, ages 14 and 9, adopted after their donations helped my longtime feline companion, Tashi, at the end of her life); October (8-year-old ex-feral “foster failure,” from my shelter med days); Delilah (5-year-old retired genetics research Maine coon mix with spinal muscular atrophy, a terminal inherited disease); and Rosie Ruth (a shy Garden City Veterinary Hospital foster alumna, age 2, who chose me when I wasn’t looking for another cat). Due to my busy work schedule, my dad and I share custody of my two blind Cardigan corgi girls, Peas and Tortellini.
My hobbies include swimming, woodland walks, music, and cat-focused veterinary continuing education. I used to enjoy open water swimming events and triathlons back when I was in shape, and I hope to return to those pursuits this coming summer.