Accreditations and Affiliations:
Town or City where you were born:
Bachelor of Science – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – University of Minnesota
Safe-Capture International Certified (Chemical Immobilization)
Licensed Apple Developer
Licensed Google Developer
Why were you drawn to a career with animals?
Although I have loved animals my whole life, I hadn’t considered a career with them until I started working at Indian Prairie as a junior in high school. It was here I saw how working with animals presented a unique set of challenges and rewards. Being able to help both animals and the people that care about them is tremendously fulfilling.
What is your favorite part of the field?
The variety of roles I get to take on. I get to be a surgeon, a dermatologist, dentist, etc.. all in the same day. I also love that I get to work with a plethora of species, including birds, reptiles, and pocket pets.
Best memory or experience as a veterinarian?
Spending a month in the Kalahari desert tracking and darting African predators (lions, leopards, hyenas, and african wild dogs) in order to characterize the spread of a virus. The trip itself was grueling but the experience was unforgettable.
“Adventure is out there!” (Ever see the movie UP?)
What is your greatest accomplishment?
Having an animal named after me at The Brookfield Zoo. Look for a wallaby named ‘Little Shake’ next time you are there! I’m also proud to have given a CE (continuing education) talk at a national veterinary convention while still a veterinary student.
Three words that best describe you would be…
Thorough. Personable. Enthusiastic!
What makes you laugh?
Lots of things but Seinfeld usually does the trick.
Favorite movie or book:
Favorite movie: The Other Guys
Favorite book: The Harry Potter series
What drew you to Indian Prairie?
Having worked here in the past, I was already aware of the friendly staff and excellent level of care at Indian Prairie. The fact that the hospital sees exotic animals (including zoo animals from the Phillips Park Zoo) in addition to dogs and cats made choosing to work here a no brainer.