I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii then moved to the mainland. During my childhood, I lived in rural Missouri. At the age of three, I picked out my first kitten “Purry” at the Humane Society. On the way home from Purry’s first vet visit, I told my mother I wanted to be a veterinarian when I grew up, and I never swayed from that path. Living in the country allowed me to have a menagerie of animals: dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, ducks, turkeys, horses, an iguana, box turtles and a guinea pig. As a child, I spent endless hours caring for and playing with all my pets. They were a constant source of companionship, joy and amazement.
I graduated from the University of Minnesota college of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. After practicing in Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin, I feel very fortunate to be in Utah. I have been a full time general practitioner at Mountain View Animal Hospital in Sandy since 1997. I have a special interest in feline medicine, geriatric medicine and oncology. I have a very deep bond with animals and believe our lives are enriched physically and mentally because of our animal connections. It is my goal with each and every patient I see to help that relationship be as long and healthy as possible. I also believe the healing power of animals can be transformative. Veterinary medicine has been an extremely rewarding career for me.
When I’m not working, I spend time hiking, camping, gardening and quilting. I also love road biking and spend many hours in the saddle. And I am very passionate about cross-country skiing and participate in the local Wasatch Citizen Series races and a few out-of-state races.
I share my home with my husband Preston and our two Burmese cats, Chaco and Kokopelli. Our cats are a tremendous joy in my life, and I continue to be amazed at how much love and comfort they give me.