Special Interests: soft-tissue surgery, evidence-based medicine, emergency and critical care
Pets: Brodie (a smart, scruffy fireball of a terrier mix), Max (an elderly gentleman Boston Terrier), Tess (a corn snake who keeps her thoughts to herself)
Prior to becoming a veterinarian, I worked as an English teacher, in numerous clerical jobs, on a fishing boat in Alaska, running a pet food store, in a baseball card factory, and as a waiter. I always loved both science and writing and have tried to keep both part of my personal and professional lives. Following college, I tried to be Jane Goodall and completed a Master’s Degree in primate behavior at CSU San Francisco, doing my thesis research with the chimpanzees at the San Francisco Zoo. After several years trying to make a living in primate behavior, including running a breeding colony of rhesus monkeys on an island in South Carolina and doing behavior therapy and enrichment work for captive primates in Texas, I stumbled into veterinary medicine about ten years later than most of my classmates. It has given me tremendous opportunities to learn and grow as a person and to help my patients and clients.
I have had the good fortune to serve as president of the Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine Association and to speak on a variety of topics at numerous continuing veterinary education meetings. In 2015, I completed my Master’s Degree in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
I have also been able to find a niche as a writer and a teacher. In addition to publishing in several veterinary journals, I have released a book for pet owners and veterinarians—Placebos for Pets? The Truth about Alternative Medicine in Animals. I also train veterinary students at Adobe, and have taught writing at San Jose State University.