I grew up in Tempe in a household full of animals, and discovered my passion for veterinary medicine in high school. In fact, my first job in the veterinary field was as a Boarding Specialist at Family Vet Care during the summer after my first year of college! I received my BS in Veterinary Science at the University of Arizona, then braved the Midwest winters and tornadoes to pursue my DVM at Kansas State University and become a Wildcat two times over! After vet school, I headed to Illinois to complete a Small Animal Internship in Internal Medicine and Surgery, where I also received extensive experience in Emergency Medicine. Craving the sunshine again, I returned to the southwest in 2010 where I worked in general practice in Tucson for six years. My crew (husband, 2 kids, and 2 dogs) made the decision to finally return home to the Valley to be closer to family and friends in 2016, and my journey continues where it first began… with Family VetCare! Outside of work, I enjoy running with my Shepherd Jeffrey, reading, cooking, and being outdoors with my husband, son, and daughter.