It wasn’t until age 9 when I was finally able to get a dog that I knew I wanted to pursue veterinary medicine. Showing horses and being in 4-H with horses until age 18 solidified that desire.
I worked tirelessly, got mostly straight A’s thru high school and college, volunteered at various local animal clinics - mainly as a clinic janitor and pooper scooper - attended Ohio State University for pre-vet courses, then finally made it into vet school.
Vet school wasn’t really the glory-story I thought it would be. By the time I graduated, I was already completely burnt out. I had lived at the school as an “extern”, being on call as a surgical tech, lab tech, receptionist and overall grunt during junior and senior year off-hours.
By my first year out of vet school, I was totally disillusioned. I loved animals and the profession in general, but thought that there “had to be another way”. I hadn’t yet been introduced to homeopathy, Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, and all of the subjects that would later consume my life.
Somewhat out of desperation, I decided to hone my conventional medical skills by moving to New Jersey and completing a one year internship in medicine and surgery at the Oradell Animal Hospital. That year boosted my confidence in conventional medical skills, but I still felt as if I was just robotically prescribing antibiotics and steroids - only to have the patient return shortly thereafter with the exact same problem or something worse.
Right around that time, I was gradually introduced to Chinese Medicine, acupuncture and homeopathy. I travelled to Sri Lanka to begin more in-depth studies of acupuncture and homeopathy. Next came the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and Veterinary Homeopathy classes from Dr. Richard Pitcairn.
Many of my clients over the years asked me if I could treat them as a person, not just their pet. It just so happened that the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine opened up a school in Tempe, Az right down the street from me. I spent three full-time years there soaking up the knowledge.
Simultaneously, I flew to the Berkley, CA area monthly on weekends for four years to attend the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy, then to Toronto for two years for the Dynamis School of Homeopathy.
Since then, I have daily and relentlessly pursued any knowledge I could consume to help my patients. Not a day goes by when I don’t listen to podcasts or participate in a webinar on subjects related to homeopathy and naturopathic medicine.
Today, my practice consists mainly of classical homeopathy, herbs, nutraceuticals and nutrition for pets. I hardly ever need to prescribe a drug. Of course, patients continue to see their regular vet for all of the conventional therapies they desire.
In my “spare time”, I spend time with my daughter Jasmine and mother Anna who lives with us. I take seemingly endless live and online classes on adoption related “attachment disorders”, as well as work with many professionals specializing in the area of “attachment”. We also have a calico cat named “Stefani”. She has brothers and sisters named Gwen, Blake and Shelton.