I grew up in southeast Kansas in a rural community and animals have always been a big part of my life. We participated in 4H and always had pets. I knew from an early age that I loved science and medicine and so veterinary medicine was a natural fit.
Following my undergraduate years at Baker University, I enrolled in Kansas State University's DVM program, graduating in 2009. I spent the next year in Washington state, completing an equine internship and learning how to be a veterinarian.
After an intense year, I re-evaluated my goals, deciding that small animal medicine was a better fit for me. I moved to sunny El Paso, Texas and joined a busy nine doctor practice. It was there that I gained so much experience and confidence, both in general medicine as well as surgery and internal medicine. I also met and married my husband and we adopted our two dogs, Dillon and Sherman. Before long, Kansas was calling, and we decided to move home in 2016. We currently enjoy our peaceful little mini farm near Augusta, with dogs, cats, chickens and horses!
Professionally, I have come to really appreciate the human animal bond, and I love meeting people who really love their pets. Educating people in wellness and preventive care is very satisfying and is a big part of every day. I have a special interest in soft tissue surgery as well as diagnostic ultrasound and can honestly say that I love what I do.