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.
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.
I am a South Florida native who spent many years in the Northeast before moving back to the “no snow zone”. After 20+ years in human healthcare, I decided to focus on the more technical aspects of care and graduated from Indian River State College with an associate degree in electronics engineering technology, including biomedical electronics and photonics (the science of light). Fast forward a few years, and the experience of nursing several of my dogs through various illnesses and end of life care led me to change focus from providing human care to animal care. Along the way I have obtained training in companion animal laser therapy, canine Hospice and Palliative Care, Pet First Aid, and CPR. I enjoy exploring the beautiful outdoors with my husband and our 2 “grey muzzles”, Ralphie & Lola.