I was born and raised in Western New York. Although I decided as a young child that being a veterinarian was the career for me, I definitely took the not-so-straight path to get to that point and have enjoyed every moment along the way.
I earned my B.S. in Biology, with a minor in Ocean Studies (for a short time physics was actually interesting to me.... grew out of that phase thankfully 😉 !) from SUNY@Binghamton. Following graduation, I worked in a medical processing lab for 2 years and then returned to school to pursue my M.S. in Biology from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fl. My thesis was focused on the management of sea turtle nesting beaches. As you could imagine, it was quite rough living on a beach for two years. Following graduation (again), I drove north and stopped in Baltimore, MD for a couple years. While there, I worked as an assistant in a veterinary clinic, taught biology classes at a local community college, and helped in a neurophysiology lab where the amazing principal researcher was investigating the affects of the now widely-avoided BPA on hormones. I also was able to enjoy some volunteer time at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
I went to veterinary school and received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada in 2003. I returned back to Western NY upon earning my degree and have been working in a variety of settings (clinics, advanced imaging for pets and our local Aquarium) since that time.
I am most happy to try and help with managing any concerns you may have with your fur-babies!