Ultrasonography, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine
In my free time, I enjoy playing and coaching ultimate frisbee, tennis, golf, traveling, dancing and spending time with my orange tabby Pablo, small terrier mix Tortellini, and ball python Bernie.
Emergency/Internal Medicine clinical internship – Veterinary Specialty Hospital San Marcos, CA DVM – Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA BA – Biology – Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
I grew up in Bellevue, Washington with 2 brothers and a Dalmatian named Max. From a young age, I had a special connection to Max spending many days and nights playing with him and without realizing it at the time, learned first-hand the power of the human-animal bond. With both parents practicing as physicians growing up, I was constantly exposed to their passion for science and medicine.
In high school, I focused my studies on the sciences including biology, chemistry, and physics while acting as captain of both the tennis and ultimate frisbee teams. Over the summer, I attended a high school in Asuncion, Paraguay through a foreign exchange program, which exposed me to the Spanish language. After graduating high school, I visited the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador and volunteered at a wildlife rehabilitation center, which initially sparked my interest in veterinary medicine through working with a number of different primates including spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys, and wooly monkeys.
I then attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington where I received by bachelor’s degree in Biology. At Whitman, my studies focused on physiology, evolutionary biology, and Spanish. During this time, I revisited the wildlife center working more closely with the staff veterinarian reinforcing my passion for helping animals and pursuit of veterinary medicine. In order to prepare for the veterinary school applications, I took one year off school to work as a kennel assistant training up to be a veterinary assistant/receptionist by the time I left.
During this time, I also took additional classes at the University of Washington in anatomy, microbiology, and biochemistry while in my free time playing for a semi-professional ultimate frisbee team in Seattle. My dream to become a veterinarian inched that much closer when I got accepted to the Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine in Pomona, CA.
During my four years at veterinary school, I focused my studies on small animal medicine with an emphasis on emergency medicine, ultrasound, and shelter medicine. I gained additional experience through participating in spay/neuter days at local shelters and in Granada, Nicaragua, completing externships in zoo animal medicine at the Guadalajara Zoo in Mexico and small animal medicine at La Universidad de Quito in Ecuador.
Furthermore, I collaborated with the Western University College of Pharmacy to develop and complete a research project on the feline version of HIV (feline immunodeficiency virus). I believe it is of the utmost importance to stay updated on current diagnostic and treatment recommendations and options in the constantly changing world of veterinary medicine. Therefore, after graduating with a doctorate in veterinary medicine I chose to continue my education through the completion of an intensive one-year internship in emergency medicine, internal medicine, and surgery at Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Marcos, CA.
The wide range of cases during my internship reinforced my special interest in ultrasonography, dermatology, and emergency medicine. After spending multiple years at a general practice hospital in Mission Viejo, CA, I moved to Northern Virginia with my fiancé who took a job as a wildlife veterinarian.