Caring for animals was not just a career choice; it was a calling. I entered the veterinary field in 1982 as a teenaged volunteer. I knew then that I wanted to help and to heal animals. That same goal has motivated me for twenty years even as my role within the veterinary profession has changed and continues to evolve.
I am a graduate of Wellesley College (Bachelor of Arts, 1988) and Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, 1995). I have also taken courses at the University of Hawaii, Harvard Extension School, Boston University School of Public Health, The Chinese Medical College of Hawaii, and the Chi Institute.
Besides healing patients, I have long aspired to do something that would more broadly benefit animals and the humans who care about them. Three years ago, I began writing about one of the most important things I do as a veterinarian -- help people to make customized decisions on behalf of their animal companions. Thank you to New World Library for publishing Kindred Spirit, Kindred Care: Making Health Decisions on Behalf of Our Animal Companions.
Besides managing this website, I divide my time between writing, caring for animals, caring for the land, and stand up paddling.