Ever since I can remember I wanted to be a veterinarian. My first career day in school my mom made me a medical kit and used index cards to make me business cards to hand out. I was lucky at 16 years old to start working at a small animal clinic in the kennel and worked my way up to veterinary technician. I attended Florida Atlantic University and received my degree in Ecology and Organismic Biology. I then attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed my clinic year at University of Florida. I worked as a general practitioner and completed my rehabilitation certification from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2014. After years of seeing senior and mobility challenged patients that could benefit from comprehensive care not provided in a traditional veterinary hospital the idea for Treasure Coast Animal Rehab developed. After opening TCAR during a pandemic it became apparent that senior pets play an important role in the family. With TCAR we are bridging the gap between general care and comprehensive senior and geriatric centered medicine. Having the ability to provide owners and pets with the skills and knowledge to keep their furry family member moving, pain free and happy is the goal I wake up with every morning.
Ultimately, it was the love for my little Cocker Spaniel, Irish, that led me to Canine Rehab. Watching her struggle with aging made me feel so helpless and I just knew there was more that could have helped her beyond the traditional drugs that didn't seem to be. As a rehab professional for humans for the last 20 years, I treated clients with hands-on and movement therapies in order to affect them on a holistic level and, in more recent years, became aware of similar therapies being used to benefit the canine population, so I chose to transition my practice. My heart truly belongs to the senior population who often get overlooked & dismissed when there are tools available to help them age gracefully and still have a quality of life in their final years.
I was born and raised in Vero Beach, FL and ever since I was a little girl, all I wanted to do when I was older was help animals. I attended Vero Beach High School and continued my education at Austin Peay State University (APSU). At APSU I played collegiate soccer and received my Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a concentration in Veterinary Technology. During my years at APSU, I completed multiple veterinary internships where my passion for helping animals grew even more. I have now moved back to Vero to spend time with my family and pets. I have 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 turtles, and a guinea pig! I have always been an animal lover but I've discovered that my true passion is animal rehabilitation & rescue, as I feel that's where I can have the biggest impact in helping animals & owners who need it.
Since I was very young, I have always wanted to work in the field of veterinary medicine, as I love the idea of helping those who can't necessarily speak for themselves. My permanence in the field began to take root when I was in high school and started volunteering at our Treasure Coast no-kill shelters (Dogs and Cats Forever, HALO). Eventually, my connections in these shelters helped me to land a job with a local Vero veterinarian as an assistant while I was still a junior in high school. This position deepened my appreciation for the career further and once I graduated, I began working towards getting my credentials as a veterinary nurse. Since then, I have completed my large and small animal nursing training and have completed multiple veterinary nursing internships. I have worked at both small and mixed-animal general practices and am very excited to now be at your local specialty rehab and senior care clinic!