For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a veterinarian. I have always been drawn to animals and have cherished the special bond that we have with our pets. Much of my childhood was spent playing board games with our dogs (only the dogs that refrained from chewing on the dice or cards were allowed to play, however) and wheedling my parents into letting me take home a zoo’s worth of creatures as pets (geckos, hermit crabs, parakeets, ducklings, cats, and a large assortment of fish to name a few).
I was born and raised in Bend and I always knew I wanted to make it back to Central Oregon after college. Family is very important to me and I am so lucky to be able to live close to the people I love.
Since the only career option I could foresee for myself was to be a veterinarian, I chose to go to Oregon State for my undergraduate schooling. All of my energies in college were focused on the primary goal of being accepted into Oregon State’s College of Veterinary Medicine and my hard work paid off! I graduated from Oregon State with my doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2016.
After graduating veterinary school, I worked for a small animal practice in Eugene for about 6 months before I could find a job in Central Oregon. Then, I practiced at a small animal clinic in Bend for a little over 3 years before I started at Cinder Rock Veterinary Clinic. I chose to join the team at Cinder Rock because I wanted the opportunity to create stronger connections with my clients and patients. I love all aspects of veterinary medicine but I especially love working with brachycephalic (short nosed) pets and working through internal medicine cases.
I met the love of my life, Riley, shortly after graduating vet school while I was still working in Eugene. We met through mutual friends but soon found out that he and I had both attended Mountain View High School and Oregon State University together without crossing paths. Riley was living in Bend when we met, which really upped the ante for me to find a job in Central Oregon and move back home. Riley and I live on a five acre property in Tumalo with our two dogs. I have had Monty, a Boson terrier, since the summer before I started vet school. We got Nox, a French bulldog/Boston terrier mix just after the 2019 New Year.
Outside of work, I love enjoying what beautiful Central Oregon has to offer! Riley and I love to be traveling, working on our property, mountain biking, hiking, cross country skiing and trail running. Our younger dog, Nox, is an avid trail runner but Monty prefers leisurely hikes. Our newest adventure has been outfitting an old van for car camping. We love to load up the dogs and take the van camping for a weekend.