I grew up in Northwest Ohio and received my degree in veterinary medicine from The Ohio State University. I practiced veterinary medicine in Ohio for a couple of years before relocating to the Waynesville area in the spring of 2009 to enjoy the beautiful mountains of North Carolina and this community. I enjoy every aspect of veterinary medicine, especially helping my patients avoid major health problems and grow old gracefully through education and preventive medicine. I like spending time outdoors and staying active. My personal pets include my two rescued dogs, Wally and Tucker, and my senior cat Portia.