I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2009 with my Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. I worked at a small and exotic animal hospital in Minnesota for 2 years. Then, I moved for 1 year to Terre Haute, Indiana for my husband’s internship placement where I held 2 part-time positions at small animal hospitals and volunteered 2 days per week at the local shelter. This was a wonderful experience for me to see another side of the pet care field and I learned an enormous amount there. Finally, in September of 2012, we moved to Fond du Lac and I joined Veterinary Village. I have greatly enjoyed settling into the area and look forward to my life here!
What motivated you to become a veterinarian?
I grew up in an outdoorsy family and spent the better part of my childhood catching salamanders, fishing, and playing in the mud. As I also loved my math and science classes, veterinary medicine seemed the obvious choice for me to blend my interests and skills.
If you weren’t a vet, what would you do?
I did consider going into human medicine, but animals have always held too much of a draw for me to do anything else.
What animal scares you more than any other?
I would have to say raccoons. They’re cute, but fairly aggressive, and they carry too many scary diseases for me to want them around me!
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
Winning over my husband when I wanted to bring a dog home and he said no (does it really count as an accomplishment when it was done by crying for 3 days until he caved in?). She’s now been a part of our family for over 4 years and sleeps in our bed, curled up against my husband every night.
What do you do in your spare time?
Hike and camp on a good forest trail or at a state park.
What do you see as the greatest danger toward household pets?
Being loved to death by overly caring owners who feed them until they are obese, leading to a myriad if other health problems. Exercise, good nutrition, and moderation are just as important for pets as they are for us.
What is the most exotic animal you have ever treated?
I loved seeing the occasional pet rat at my previous clinic in Minnesota. They’re friendly and inquisitive creatures. I even got to surgically remove a very large tumor from one.
What is your favorite comfort food?
Anything sweet — fruit if I’m feeling healthy, otherwise chocolate or cheesecake.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
When people don’t clear their sidewalks of snow.
Name 5 things people might be surprised about if they knew it about you?
1. I can’t watch horror movies because I usually end up in tears halfway through.
2. I also cry every time I watch Homeward Bound (at the end when Shadow arrives home).
3. I clean and cook my own fish that I catch.
4. I prefer eating the wild game I grew up with (venison, duck, geese, and pheasants) to store-bought meats.
5. I snore.