My journey in veterinary medicine began with an early grade school assignment which asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. My response was “a Veterinarian”, complete with a self-portrait of myself with a lab coat and stethoscope and surrounded by animals. I was always the kid who was never afraid to touch or pick up any creature that came my way from caterpillars to toads.
Our first family pet was a fluffy black cock-a-poo name Sammy. He joined our family when I was 3 years old and I fondly referred to him as my “puppy gog”. I also grew up with a parakeet named Chippy who lived a very long life of 12 years and had large vocabulary and free range of flight around the house. When I was 16 my final childhood pet literally entered our family through the open garage door, Tiger the tiny orange kitten who turned out to be a very loving big orange cat.
I grew up in Suffield, Ohio just outside of Akron. Throughout High School and undergrad I volunteered and worked for a local veterinary clinic in my hometown. The years of experience at that clinic gave me confirmation that veterinary medicine was the career that I was meant to pursue. Following graduation from Field High School in 1995 I started my undergraduate studies at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1999. I received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. Following graduation I started my career at a small animal practice in Ashland, Ohio before relocating to the Dayton area.
I believe practicing veterinary medicine is an art as well as a science. I enjoy all areas of practice with my overall goal being to improve and lengthen the lives of my patients as well as to educate their owners in the process. I am fortunate and excited to work with an outstanding team of doctors and staff at Twin Maples. I look forward to meeting new clients and pets providing the compassionate and state of the art care that Twin Maples is known for.
Outside of work my husband Corey and I share our household with our cat Dewey, and two fresh water aquariums. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, photography, jigsaw puzzles, fishing, cooking/baking, gardening, and of course, Ohio State sports!