Since 2003 I have been with Veterinary Hospital of Virginia Beach (previously Animal Care Clinic), my passion is to provide the highest standard of medical care for your pets. I see your pets as members of your family and I am committed to delivering compassionate care. In addition to helping dogs and cats, I enjoy working with exotic pets (turtles, birds, iguanas, fish, snakes, ferrets, geckos, chameleons, just to name a few). During your pet’s examination I work hard to get to know your family pet and help you establish a vaccination and treatment plan, based on your pet’s individual needs. If your pet is sick, I will be there to go over your treatment options and offer the best treatment plan to make your pet feel better.
Before founding the Veterinary Hospital of Virginia Beach, I had the privilege of treating animals in many other settings. I am one of only a few veterinarians to receive a Cancer Research Training Award from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. As a Post Doctoral Fellow, I was part of a team that studied and developed a cure for an inherited form of cancer in dogs. A similar cancer occurs is children and was always fatal until we developed this cure using bone marrow transplants.
I also have had the opportunity to work with marine mammals, including dolphins and manatees, as well as sharks, sting-rays, sloths, toucans, during my time as a Research Fellow with Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.
I am a Veteran of the United States Army Reserve, Veterinary Corps. While I was a veterinary student, I took the opportunity to take special training in treating cancer at the University of Wisconsin and North Carolina State University, as well as zoo animal medicine at the San Francisco Zoo.