I am a small-animal veterinarian with a passion for behavior. My interest in behavior started during vet school, and has grown in practice. Many of my past and current dogs had/have severe anxiety or fear-aggression to others (thus, the reason they are mine—you know all vets' kids have issues!), which helped spark my love of behavior work. After years of dreaming of taking the KPA Dog Trainer Professional course, I finally did this past year, graduating in November 2016. I have long used clicker training in my work as a veterinary behaviorist, but wanted to develop my skills as a trainer to better serve my clients. I look forward to growing and learning as a vet and trainer.
On my day off I am also the volunteer veterinarian for South Bend Animal Care & Control (SBACC). For the past several years I was also veterinary advisor and then Vice President of CARE (Community Animal Rescue Effort of South Bend), the group that works to support animals living at SBACC and that pushes our city towards a No Kill South Bend. In addition to general medicine and behavior, I also have an interest in shelter medicine and improving the lives of animals living in shelters through kennel enrichment.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my six dogs and five cats. Five of my six dogs are clicker trained (I just adopted the sixth one month ago when she had severe stroke, but she is recovering well, so just give me time!). Two of the dogs were 9 years old when I got them and introduced clicker training, proving you can teach an old dog new tricks! Our clinic cat, Boiler, is also clicker trained and meets me every day at my desk to demand training! When I'm not playing with my animals, I also enjoy swimming, biking, and cardio drumming.
- BS in Biochemistry from Purdue University 2002
- DVM from Purdue University 2006
- Purdue DOGS! & Cats course 2009
- KPA Courses:
- Clicker Training Foundations
- Puppy Start Right Preschool 2016
- Dog Trainer Professional program, KPA CTP certification 2016