What is your favorite part about being a veterinarian?
My favorite part of being a veterinarian is developing relationships with families. I really like the human-animal bond and being a part of their entire family. I also love geriatric medicine.
What is the most memorable case you worked on and why?
My most memorable case because it was so dramatic was an English Mastiff that swallowed a Winnie the Pooh Tigger toy, and I had to take it out of his stomach. When it came out it was like delivering a baby because it was so large.
Although the case that will never leave my mind is one that I had in Atlanta with a Lab puppy. The husband had dropped the puppy off in the morning, and we knew he had eaten underwear. I went in and did the surgery, and the wife picked the puppy up. We always give the foreign object back to the owner so they can see what the pet ate. We gave the underwear back to the wife who said the pair wasn’t hers. It’s interesting how a vet can sometimes play a role in every aspect of a client’s life!
Who is your biggest role model? Has this influenced how you practice medicine?
My biggest role model in my life is definitely my mom. She’s a very forward-thinking woman. She’s very strong, very brave and self confident. She’s encouraged me to not have limits in life and to go for my dreams. She’s always been supportive no matter what I try to do. She’s the epitome of what you always hope your mom would be, and I certainly hope that I’m leading by example with my own children.
My biggest role model in veterinary medicine is definitely Dr. Rubin. He was a mentor of mine in school and here (Blum Animal Hospital); both in the way I practice and organize veterinary medicine. Also, in how I give back and educate, and really be that all encompassing veterinarian that as a client I would want to have. I owe a lot to him.
What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you? (In this case, it’s several things!)
I’m deathly afraid of heights. I’m a certified scuba diver…although I never get to do that anymore! I love playing Mah Jongg, and I had a seniors group when I lived in Atlanta. It was one of my favorite things to do! If I wasn’t a veterinarian I would be a profiler for the Behavioral Analysis Unit (for the FBI).
In your spare time, what is your favorite thing to do?
My favorite thing to do in my spare time is to be with my kids, and definitely watching them grow. If we’re on vacation, that’s a bonus!
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?
We are water people. We like to go anywhere there’s a beach or where we can be in the water. Somewhere that we haven’t had a chance to travel to yet is Greece or the Greek Islands, which will be hopefully be our next trip. I definitely also want to go to Africa or Australia. For my husband and I, our favorite place by far is Barcelona.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
My biggest accomplishment in veterinary medicine would definitely be working incredibly hard to achieve my dream of being an owner in a veterinary practice. Also, helping to continue the tradition that Blum has created and keeping that reputation up.
My greatest accomplishment in my personal life is my family, specifically my marriage and my three kids. They make me better!
Is there anything else you want to share about yourself?
I consider myself very lucky to come to a place every day where I can do what I love and am passionate about. It’s my career, and it’s never been a job for me. I don’t think many people in this lifetime get to do what they love every single day and enjoy it. So many people just have a job in life, and I’m fortunate to have a career. It’s something that I put a 110% in every aspect of the day. It’s something that I get a tremendous amount of reward out of — being able to watch the human-animal bond and watching clients really enjoy how furry family members enhance their lives. Also, watching my kids be proud of me and wanting to be veterinarians themselves. It’s really the best job in the world. I feel very, very fortunate. I feel like my clients are my extended family. I actually feel quite loved in many parts of my life, and I feel like that is rare to find. This is my home (Blum), my home away from home…and I love being here.