What is your favorite part about being a veterinarian?
My favorite part of being a vet is that I get to meet new people and see old friends every day, which makes each day new and exciting. The relationships that are formed throughout the years with pets and their families is truly unique to veterinary medicine.
What is the most memorable case you worked on and why?
My most memorable case was a cat that I met shortly after graduation. Kermit was an outdoor cat and barely 6 months old when he came in with a severely infected bite wound to the front leg. Unfortunately the wound was too far progressed and surgery to amputate the leg was the only option. His owner was overwhelmed and chose to relinquish the cat to me rather than proceed with treatment. Although I had seen the procedure done, I had never attempted it myself. After giving myself a crash course the surgery went well and Kermit pulled through with flying colors. He became our clinic cat until one of my clients met him and fell in love. She had recently lost her own kitten to a severe congenital condition and coincidentally was also born without the same arm that Kermit had amputated. As fate had intended, Kermit was soon placed in his forever home.
Who is your biggest role model? Has this influenced how you practice medicine?
My biggest role model is my mother. It was her love of animals that molded my childhood and inspired me to become a veterinarian.
What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?
You might be surprised to hear that I am a bit of a wine aficionado. I love going to the Finger Lakes in New York and have recently found the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail in Michigan. I hope some day to make it out to California to try out some of the wineries out there.
In your spare time, what is your favorite thing to do?
In my spare time I enjoy playing recreational sports. I don’t claim to be the athlete I once was (some of you might have heard about the broken wrist that kept my out of the office for 5 weeks last summer) but I still enjoy getting outside on the weekends to play softball and flag football with friends.