I am originally from Southeast Michigan, and have always loved anything to do with science and animals. I went to Michigan State University and received a bachelor's degree in Zoology, with a concentration in Zoo and Aquarium Science. My love of medicine took me to the Ohio State University Veterinary School, where I decided my real passion was small animal medicine, including exotic and pocket pets. I decided I wanted to live on the west coast after falling in love with the region during an externship. Coming with me on this adventure are my husband, dog (Pembroke Welsh Corgi), cat, two guinea pigs, and two hermit crabs. In my spare time, I like running, hiking, and painting.