What is your favorite part about being a veterinarian?
Having grown up with pets being such a big part of the family, I love the fact that I get to play a role in taking care of other families’ pets.
What is the most memorable case you worked on and why?
When I was working the night shift in South Africa, a Pit bull puppy came in having continuous seizures that were not responsive to regular anti-seizure drugs, so I anesthetized the puppy throughout the night. The next afternoon, I witnessed our specialist surgeon inserting a shunt from the puppy’s brain to his abdomen to drain the excessive cerebral spinal fluid. The puppy’s seizures stopped and he was able to return to regular puppy life.
Who is your biggest role model? Has this influenced how you practice medicine?
I have multiple role models because I have been positively impacted by many people’s unique character traits. Specifically, my parents taught me about integrity and to always do what is right. I use this principle when making decisions for my patients. My former mentor Dr. Remo Lobetti is an incredible diagnostician whom I really looked up to in my first few years out of Vet School.
What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?
My accent is not from Australia, England, or New Zealand. It is in fact from South Africa, where there are 11 official languages.
In your spare time, what is your favorite thing to do?
Other than relaxing at home with my wife and kittens, I love exploring my new city on foot.
Where do you like to go on vacation? Is there somewhere you want to go that you haven’t had a chance to travel to yet?
I love travelling and have a really long bucket list. My current list includes Tahiti, Hawaii, the northern lights, Route 66, London, the beaches of Normandy in France, and the Maasai Mara.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
I’ll tell you when I’m 60.