When I was little I had two possible dreams: veterinarian or dolphin trainer. One of those worked out for me! I grew up on Madison's West side and have many fond memories of spending my summers at Parkcrest Pool (go Penguins!) and winters sledding down the giant hill at Elver Park. I attended Memorial High School where I continued my love of swimming and figured out that I wanted to go into the sciences after high school.
While I loved Madison, I decided I wanted to move away for college and moved to Iowa City, IA to get my degree in Integrative Physiology at the University of Iowa. After being in Iowa for a year, I met my now husband, Andrew, a Quad-Cities native. During my time in Iowa, I went back and forth trying to decide between PA school, PT school or getting my PhD. After graduating, I still didn't know what I wanted to do, so I planned to spend a year working in a research lab I had worked in during college. During that year, my very sweet dog Bo had an allergic reaction to a medication that sent us to the local veterinary ER. It was at that time that I remembered my childhood dream (about being a veterinarian, not a dolphin trainer). Everything just seemed to click into place. I spent the following year working in a veterinary clinic as an assistant and knew that this was what I wanted to do. I applied to the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and just a few months later Andrew and I were headed back to Madison.
I spent four great years in veterinary school, while also getting reacquainted with beautiful Madison. We enjoyed having friends and family from Iowa visit and showing off everything Madison has to offer. I've recently started running and ran my first two half-marathons in 2018, with a little training help from my pittie mix, Kona. We also have a sweet boxer/pittie mix, Leroy, who is scared of many things, and believes strongly that all 80 pounds of him belong in your lap. We also have a chatty Siamese mix named Bandit and a feisty black cat named Gracie. We have quite the opinionated crew and I wouldn't have it any other way!
Since joining the Four Lakes staff, I am so grateful and delighted every day that I get to work at a clinic that cares so much for both the animals and people that come to see us. We have such a wonderful team and I have so enjoyed getting to know so many amazing dogs, cats, and humans alike.