I am a third-generation Bay Area gal - my mother’s parents descended from Italians, who found the landscape of the San Francisco area familiar and decided to settle here. I attended the Marin Country Day School, followed by the Branson School for high school. I then headed out to the Midwest, where I received my bachelors of science from Northwestern University outside Chicago, Illinois. When I returned to the Bay Area after graduation, I soon found myself taking a position as producer for a live entertainment program on KQED radio.
Four years later, I moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, having met my future husband (also a radio producer). I was considering whether to continue my radio career or finally to chase my longtime dream of becoming a veterinarian. The animals won, and I stayed in the Boston area where I completed my doctor of veterinary medicine degree (DVM 2002) at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. I also completed an internship (2003) in small animal medicine and surgery at the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston. After practicing in the Boston area for nearly 13 years, in 2015 I finally return to my beloved Bay Area, husband, and pets in tow.
My primary areas of interest are exotics medicine and surgery (including rabbits, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, ferrets, rats, parrots, reptiles, plus pet chickens), as well as dog and cat care. I am dedicated to client education and enjoy building a relationship with my clients. I work with our pet parents as a team to do the very best to keep these important furry, feathery and scaly family members healthy and comfortable throughout their lives.
In my spare time, I lose hours in my little backyard art studio creating books from scratch. I sing, play a bit of “not ready for public” banjo and ukulele, and hope to get back to playing soccer. I live in Oakland with my two Puerto Rican dogs, my senior citizen 3-legged cat, my box turtle, and my husband, Doug.
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