My inspiration for making my veterinary dream come true was Larry Lion, a beloved stuffed animal I had at the age of two. When Larry’s string was pulled, he roared. One day, to my dismay, the string stayed out. Larry Lion was broken. My thoughtful babysitter at the time offered to take Larry home for an “operation.” I still remember feeling frightened for him, but my babysitter said not to worry. She’d take good care of him. The next day, Larry Lion came back home. He wasn’t able to talk anymore—they had to remove his “voice box” but otherwise he was restitched and as good as new. I could have cared less that he didn’t speak anymore. I had my best friend back. It was at that moment, I knew I’d one day become a veterinarian and take care of other people’s much-loved best friends. It’s been 40 years and I can still remember that feeling of pure joy.
My husband William and I have been married for long enough to have built a united front against our teenage girls in these tumultuous hormonal years. I give all the credit to him for sticking by me through this journey as any small business entrepreneur will tell you, “it ain’t easy”. He’s my rock and I will always be grateful he decided to give me a second look.
Abigail and Zoe. Our two little bookends are quite simply the greatest thing we’ve ever done in our lives. You may see them working at the hospital from time to time (as our family policy is NO FREE RIDES). Abigail is considering veterinary medicine as she completes high school and Zoe, well, Zoe is going to rule the world in one aspect or another I’m quite sure.
Having a dynamic political and management timetable, my schedule changes from time to time. However, being an active member of the AVMA is of crucial importance to me and I profoundly enjoy having a voice in the profession.
American Veterinary Medical Association - Active Member
NJ Veterinary Medical Association - Active Member