I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002. I practiced five years in Hartford, Wisconsin, a small town of 12,000, before moving to Southern California in 2006. I was born and raised in the Midwest but have lived in a multitude of places in my life, including Australia for a short time.
Animals have always been my passion, especially cats. I have always felt a great bond with the feline species and despite training early on in my career that made declawing seem like a routine procedure, my participation in this brutal surgery hurt my soul. Proudly, our clinic stopped offering this unnecessary and damaging surgical procedure to our clients at near the same time the Paw Project was spearheading declaw bans in nearby southern California cities. I felt that as a feline clinic, especially one whose goal is to protect the health and well-being of our patients, we needed to take a stand and be an example for other veterinarians in Orange County. I will never regret that decision. Thank you for the honor of allowing me to join the fight!