I grew up in coastal Northern California and the west coast of Canada. I was the typical teen age girl-horse crazy. I was fortunate to have a mentor who trained horses for the Queen and was stable manager for both the British and Canadian 3 day Olympics teams. She taught me about the responsibility of taking care of the animals that have been entrusted to us. It came as no surprise, I decided I wanted to become a veterinarian.
I attended the University of the Pacific and UC Davis for undergraduate and then UC Davis for my DVM degree, graduating in 1983. My class was the last to have more men than women!
Since graduation I have worked in Orange County, except when we moved to Connecticut so my children could experience real seasons, unlike in Southern California. While there, I worked at an all cat clinic called Catzablanca.
I really enjoy working at Newport Harbor Animal Hospital. One of the best things is working with other doctors who are knowledgeable , dedicated, supportive and just plain fun. We all share an office and discuss our challenging cases. I tell clients that they get 6 second opinions. I believe this greatly contributes to giving the highest quality of care for our patients.
In my "spare time" I live with my husband and youngest daughter. My 3 older children are all in college or graduate school. Alas, I no longer have a horse, but have a Doberman named Lily and 4 cats- Quincy, Dusty Bunny, Alton and Giada. The last 2 are from a foster litter we bottle fed from 3 days old. My husband tells me I am at my limit for cats or I'd probably have more.