I grew up in a small town in central Florida and I had the benefit of having many pets from cats and dogs to bunnies and horses. I feel very fortunate to have a career that I love. It allows me to combine my heartfelt joy for furry friends and my passion for medicine and science. My studies have taken me around the southeast. I first attended Maryville College in East Tennessee for my undergraduate studies in Chemistry and Biology. I was lucky to get a first rate liberal arts education and to meet my future husband! Next, I attended the University of Georgia to study Microbiology in Graduate school. I acted as a TA in Biology as well. I attended Veterinary school at the University of Georgia, graduating first in my class in 1992. I was then selected to stay at UGA to complete an Internship in small animal medicine and surgery.

After my internship, I elected to venture into the world of private veterinary practice. My first job was in Georgia, just a bit north of Atlanta. After that, we moved back to central Florida to be near family. I was so lucky to be a part of a busy multi-doctor practice in Longwood, FL for 13 years. In 2007, my husband and our two children moved to Apex, NC. From the start, we felt right at home. If I had to pick one reason why we love North Carolina so much, I’d have to say it is the people. Everyone is so friendly and engaging, whether you’re a Tarheel native or a transplant.  For several years after we moved, I worked as a Relief Veterinarian all around the Triangle. In April 2013 I came to Lake Pine Animal Hospital as a full-time associate and on December 31, 2015, I became the proud owner!

My philosophy is to spend time with each client and patient the way I would want a doctor to spend time with me. I strive to offer the best care I can. I especially enjoy developing relationships with clients and pets and I hope to make people feel comfortable asking questions. I have three cats — Walter, Black Betty, and Floki — and two dogs named Hershel and Dezi.