Spotlight Series: Dr. Ellen Levitian

Over the first 18 weeks of the new year, we will be conducting one on one interviews with each of our veterinarians in an effort to help you get to know all of them better! In addition to the interview, they will be posting pictures on our facebook account during their week to share some behind the scenes images of their day to day. We hope you enjoy following along!

Up this week is Ellen Levitian, DVM. Dr. Levitian interests include emergency medicine, gastroenterology, neonatology, and ophthalmology. She is recently engaged and has been enjoying planning her 2019 wedding!

Q: Tell me about your first meaningful memory with an animal.
A: Back in Russia there was a neighborhood goat that I used to play with that would always chase me and head butt me! I loved playing with him anyways.

Q: What colleges/universities did you attend? When someone asks “where did you go to school?” what do you tell them?
A: I did my undergraduate studies at Rutgers University “Cook College” where I received my bachelor’s degree in Animal Science/Pre-vet and a minor in Equine Science. My vet school experience took place on the magical island of St. Kitts with my 4th year spent at North Carolina State.

Q: Tell me about the animals you own now.
A: Currently I have a Quarter Horse mare named Franzia aka “Franny”, a black lab named “Bear” and a cat named “Morgan Mufasa”.

Q: What do you do for fun, outside of work and spend time with your animals?
A: Wedding planning has taken over a lot of free time. I am so excited to plan with my fiance, Robert Kilborne, as we start this new chapter of our lives together.

Q: If you weren’t a vet, what would you do for a living?
A: I have literally no idea. I have wanted to be a vet since I was a child and have never thought of any other options!

Q: Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?
A: Anything with a nice beach 🙂 Cayman Islands and Bahamas probably make top of the list!

Q: Dream vacation?
A: I would love to travel and explore Europe since I have never been!

Q: Favorite food?
A: Sushi and seafood

Q: Favorite adult beverage?
A: Vodka, although thanks to my fiance, Robert Kilborne, I enjoy trying different craft beers.

Q: What are you currently watching on Netflix?
A: Alias Grace and Riverdale.

Q: Something most people don’t know about me…
A: I was born in Russia and moved to the USA with my immediate family when I was 5 years old. I knew absolutely no English so it was a difficult journey for a while until I got the hang of it.

Q: If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it — metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions — what would it say and why?
A: Live like you were dying.

Q: What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?
A: I love reading Vampire books and watching vampire shows and movies. Don’t judge haha.

Q: What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?
A: Anything and everything that starts with “Well I read on the internet…”

Spotlight Series: Dr. Gillian Duca Cora

Over the first 18 weeks of the new year, we will be conducting one on one interviews with each of our veterinarians in an effort to help you get to know all of them better! In addition to the interview, they will be posting pictures on our facebook account during their week to share some behind the scenes images of their day to day. We hope you enjoy following along!

Up this week is Gillian Duca Cora, DVM. Dr. Duca Cora is currently with our practice completing her internship. While she loves all aspects of equine veterinary medicine, her main interests are sports medicine, rehabilitation, podiatry, complex dentistry and integrative medicine. In her free time she enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors whenever possible.

Q: What colleges/universities did you attend? When someone asks “where did you go to school?” what do you tell them?
A: I received my BS as a Biology major and Equine Studies minor at Bridgewater College, a small liberal arts college in Virginia. I earned my doctorate from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts and finished my clinical year at Oklahoma State University. While Caribbean schools sometime get a bad name in the press, I chose to go there over several state schools and have never regretted my decision to do so. Having the beach as your front yard and the culture you get to immerse yourself in, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you never forget.

Q: Do you remember a specific moment when you decided you wanted to be an equine vet?
A: I actually switched very late in my schooling to the equine track of veterinary medicine.  My original plan was to go into small animal medicine, which would then give me the time and money to continue riding horses. In my final year of school rotating through clinics, I realized that my love for working with these amazing animals was too great to not have this be my everyday life. I still love dogs and cats of course, but spending all day under fluorescent lighting and indoors was not a life I could imagine. My only regret is not having a horse to ride at the moment!

Q: Something most people don’t know about me…
A: I had to take almost two years off in the middle of vet school after sustaining a traumatic brain injury following a car accident while I was on winter holiday.

Q: What is the hardest thing you’ve ever accomplished?
A: Re-entering vet school after being off for two years and starting where I left off was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. I had to essentially relearn my first four semesters while learning the information from the current semester. I still deal with many of the residual effects of a traumatic brain injury but am lucky to have a great support system both at home and at work.  

Q: Tell me about the animals you own now.
A: I currently have an 8 year old puggle, Jude, who has been through everything with me, including living with me in the Caribbean. I also have two cats: Lafayette, a 7 year old who I rescued while at vet school on St Kitts and Zoe, a 16 year old I got for one of my birthdays in high school.

Q: What’s a good book you’ve recently read and enjoyed?
A: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It is well written and a fun read (it’s also due to become a major motion picture soon). It takes place in a future dystopian America where people spend more time in a virtual reality universe than in the present due to a number of factors that have made the “real world” less than appealing to live in.

Q: I am obsessed with…
A: Taylor Swift (no joke). I don’t even like country music in general but have loved everything she’s put out from the beginning of her career until now. No apologies 🙂

Q: Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?
A: Iceland. Hands down one of the coolest places I have ever been. I recommend everyone go there if they get a chance. The landscape and scenery are beautiful. The people are amazingly friendly and welcoming. I’m already looking forward to my next trip back.

 

Spotlight Series: Dr. Wendy Leich

Over the first 18 weeks of the new year, we will be conducting one on one interviews with each of our veterinarians in an effort to help you get to know all of them better! In addition to the interview, they will be posting pictures on our facebook account during their week to share some behind the scenes images of their day to day. We hope you enjoy following along!

Up this week is Wendy Leich, VET. MB, CVA, MRCVS. Dr. Leich has been with the practice since it’s inception, and her areas of expertise have changed over 30+ years. She now does acupuncture and chiropractic work primarily, and has been based in Wellington for the winter season. On February 8th Dr. Leich had a freak riding accident that resulted in a compound fracture of her humerus. The fracture was surgically repaired with internal fixation. She is currently focused on healing and coming back stronger. This is not a “normal” week in her life, but still has many amazing stories to share!  

Q: Do you remember a specific moment when you decided you wanted to be an equine vet?
A: Growing up in England, it was common to go around the classroom asking what everyone wanted to do when they grow up. I went to a high school for young ladies and when I told my teacher I wanted to be a veterinary surgeon, she told me “young ladies don’t want to do that.” I was therefore determined to prove her wrong!

Q: What colleges/universities did you attend? When someone asks “where did you go to school?” what do you tell them?
A: Cambridge University – in the UK you effectively go straight from high school to vet school. I was at university for six years, as opposed to the 8 year programs in the US.

Q: Tell me about the animals you own now.
A: I own several horses, most of which are homebred and they compete in dressage and go fox hunting. I also have a Standard Poodle, Chloe, and a Jack Russell, Smitty.

Q: What do you do for fun, outside of work and spend time with your animals?
A: I worked in a restaurant through high school with a Le Cordon Bleu educated chef, and she taught me how to enjoy cooking. So now I find cooking for a dinner party more fun than stressful!

Q: If you weren’t a vet, what would you do for a living?
A: I would be a sport horse trainer.

Q: Favorite food?
A: Salmon – smoked or cooked in many different ways – my kids always make fun of me for ordering a salmon Caesar salad every time we go out for lunch!

Q: Favorite adult beverage?
A: Champagne!

Q: What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months (or in recent memory)?
A: A CD player! I do musical freestyles with my horses, and the shows still require providing your music on CD. Plus, I don’t like technology and I can’t ever make the fancy Bluetooth speakers work!

Q: I am obsessed with…
A: Getting fit and healthy again!

Spotlight Series: Dr. Meg Mullin

Over the first 18 weeks of the new year, we will be conducting one on one interviews with each of our veterinarians in an effort to help you get to know all of them better! In addition to the interview, they will be posting pictures on our facebook account during their week to share some behind the scenes images of their day to day. We hope you enjoy following along!

Up this week is Margaret “Meg” Mullin, VMD. Dr. Mullin is one of our ambulatory practitioners, and has been with our practice since 1998! She is currently splitting time between Wellington and NJ. If you are in either of these areas, keep an eye out for Dr. Mullin and Lucy, her adorable dog!

Q: Tell me about your first meaningful memory with an animal.
A: My family always had animals in the house, from Gladys the tom cat to Rowdy the lazy English setter to Happy the Horse, along with parakeets, gerbils and turtles. We were an equal opportunity animal family!

Q: Do you remember a specific moment when you decided you wanted to be an equine vet?
A: Vividly. For me it was an AHA moment. White light, voices, “wow you could have been a vet, aaah you still can” so I did!!!

Q: What colleges/universities did you attend? When someone asks “where did you go to school?” what do you tell them ?
A: I went to catholic school for 14 years, including my first 2 years in College at Chestnut Hill.  There I could keep our horse by sharing it with my older sister. I transferred to UVA (my brother’s school) where I learned how to play polo! I graduated with a BA in Math. Eventually I followed my heart and went to University of Pennsylvania Vet school.  

Q Tell me about the animals you own now.
A: Just Lucy, the offspring of Brendan’s black and tan Wizard and Carol Thompson’s brown dog. 5 litters and 17 adorable puppies later we get to see her pups and grand pups everywhere! Her first born is Lizzie Chesson’s, Rags. I’ve had cats in the past; one year the trip home from Florida with my 3 cats (all black of course), Lucy, and 3 pups! 7 critters and me :-).

Q: What do you do for fun, outside of work and spend time with your animals?
A: I spend precious moments with my nephews, family and friends. I enjoy yoga, polo, tennis, and skiing (which is a bit of a commute from Florida, but worth it when I get to do it).

Q: If you weren’t a vet, what would you do for a living?
A: Probably what I did before vet school: riding, training and selling horses. That passion that began as a five year old winning the Exercise Class has lasted a lifetime! Or a plastic surgeon.

Q: What’s a good book you’ve recently read and enjoyed?
A: The Good Good Pig. One of the many wonderful books a client has given me.

Q: What is the hardest thing you’ve ever accomplished?
A:  It’s yet to come!

Q: Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?
A: I have been blessed to travel to many amazing places for clients, with the USET and for holiday. Most recently I️ went on a spiritual journey to Bali. It’s a magical, mystical place. I love  Hawaii, my favorite island is Kauai!  Australia is another amazing exoctic place that I truly enjoy.

Q: Favorite adult beverage?
A: Too many to choose from but ok, Cristal.

Q: Favorite sports team?
A: I am A Diehard, Season Ticket holding, green Bleeding, Eagles Fanatic.  Flying High Now after the Super Bowl win! And Yes I️ was at THE Parade!

Q: Something most people don’t know about me.
A: I am shy, LOL!  I am also a Reiki master.

Q: I am obsessed with…
A: Football! The EAGLES! See above! FLY EAGLES FLY! Also, horses. Sounds cheeky but they have been the biggest motivating force in my life since I was 5.  They are behind every major decision. From where will I go to college(twice), to how will I earn a living(twice), to how will I spend time with friends, to watching clients perform in Grand Prix’s and traveling the globe with the USET.  

Q: If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it — metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions — what would it say and why? It could be a few words or a paragraph. (If helpful, it can be someone else’s quote: Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by?)
A: My favorite quote of the moment, until mastered, so for the rest of my life, is by the Dalai Lama: “Be kind whenever possible. It’s always possible.”

Spotlight Series: Dr. Sarah Gold

Over the first 18 weeks of the new year, we will be conducting one on one interviews with each of our veterinarians in an effort to help you get to know all of them better! In addition to the interview, they will be posting pictures on our facebook account during their week to share some behind the scenes images of their day to day. We hope you enjoy following along!

Photo credit: Ann Marie Daley

Up this week is Sarah Gold, DVM. Dr. Gold, like many of our associates, splits time between Wellington and Oldwick. When Dr. Gold is in New Jersey, she manages Equine MRI of NJ and Furlong’s Soundness Center. During the winter season she lives in Wellington, where she manages Advanced Equine Imaging of Wellington.

Q: Do you remember a specific moment when you decided you wanted to be an equine vet?
A: When I was young I went to the vet with our family dog, Hansi.  I thought it was pretty neat that I could become a doctor for animals! I asked the veterinarian how he became one, his answer stuck with me. He told me I would have to do very well in school, and that he went to Cornell. Well, that became my plan.  When I found out I could become a doctor for horses that was that!

Q: What colleges/universities did you attend? When someone asks “where did you go to school?” what do you tell them?
A: Cornell University. I did both undergrad and veterinary school there.

Q: Tell me about the animals you own now.
A: My cat, Sebastian, who was supposed to be a Maine Coon. I owner this breed previously and they are the best!  When I decided I wanted to get another cat I talked with some breeders and was told a pet quality kitten was $1200! Instead, I immediately found a Maine Coon rescue organization and adopted through them. Sebastian looks like a Maine Coon, but he’s only 10 pounds.

Q: If you weren’t a vet, what would you do for a living?
A: Rock Star!

Q: What’s a good book you’ve recently read and enjoyed?
A: Lilac Girls.  I still can’t believe that was based on a true story.

Q: Favorite adult beverage?
A: I enjoy Grey Goose or a good Tequila!

Q: Favorite sports team?
A: Lets go Rangers!!

Q: I am obsessed with..
A: Currently I have been obsessed with the Winter Olympics!

Spotlight Series: Dr. Lisa Casinella

Over the first 18 weeks of the new year, we will be conducting one on one interviews with each of our veterinarians in an effort to help you get to know all of them better! In addition to the interview, they will be posting pictures on our facebook account during their week to share some behind the scenes images of their day to day. We hope you enjoy following along!

Up this week is Lisa Casinella, DVM. Dr. Casinella has been with the Peak Performance team since 2010, helping to build an Ocala presence. She and her husband, Randy, live in Ocala year round with their dog, Dottie.

Q: Tell me about your first meaningful memory with an animal.
A: I had a couple Breyer horses when I was about 4 years old. Back then they did not have any fancy accessories to buy along with them. When I thought they needed some grass, I “turned them out” in the yard. I felt they needed the same care as a real horse!

Q: Do you remember a specific moment when you decided you wanted to be an equine vet?
A: My father played a big role in this. He sat me down at the kitchen table and told me to fill out my vet school applications because “I was going!!”. I think in his mind, I would make a great vet but also be able to have my own horses instead of riding other people’s horses.

Q:What colleges/universities did you attend? When someone asks “where did you go to school?” what do you tell them?
A: I attended the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island Canada. I tell people I am a token Canadian!

Q:Tell me about the animals you own now.
A: I have Dottie and Louie. Dottie is my 8 year old Australian Shepherd and Louie is my 10 year old Thoroughbred.

Q: If you weren’t a vet, what would you do for a living?
A: I would be a teacher of some sort. I would like to try and make a difference and change lives for the better. I also think I’d enjoy being a CSI detective! It would be rewarding sending evil people to jail so they could no longer hurt the innocent.

Q: What’s a good book you’ve recently read and enjoyed?
A: Hillbilly Elegy. This book was a great reality check. The author is a survivor, like so many Americans who are not as fortunate as we are. Make Your Bed is also a great read.

Q: What is the hardest thing you’ve ever accomplished?
A: Marriage! You have to be okay with not being in complete control of something. You have to respect the institution; you have to adapt and care for this life long process. Nothing truly prepares you for it.

Q: Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?
A: Salzburg, Austria. The whole country of Austria is beautiful. I highly recommend visiting.

Q: Dream vacation?
A: Being home in Charlottesville, VA!

Q: Favorite food?
A: My homemade Italian gravy and meatballs. It is the only thing I can cook well!

Q: Favorite adult beverage?
A: Chiante! I have a glass while I make my gravy and meatballs, some goes in the gravy, some goes in my glass. It is a nice process on a cold Sunday afternoon.

Q: What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?
A: I can make my horse rear on command!

Spotlight Series: Dr. Petrisor Baia

Over the first 18 weeks of the new year, we will be conducting one on one interviews with each of our veterinarians in an effort to help you get to know all of them better! In addition to the interview, they will be posting pictures on our facebook account during their week to share some behind the scenes images of their day to day. We hope you enjoy following along!

Up this week is Petrisor Baia, Dr. Med Vet, MS, DACVS. Dr. Baia has recently joined our practice to run our surgery department. He and his family moved from Louisiana and are settling into New Jersey. We are very excited for all of our clients to get to know him; he will be speaking at our Seminars this month, so be sure to register today!

Q: Tell me about your first meaningful memory with an animal?
A: My grandfather’s old bay mare, Stela, was the first horse I ever rode. I was riding her when I was about 7 years old when I fell off at the trot. She calmly turned around and stood still and waited for me to get up again. I have fallen off horses many times since then, but that experience gave me courage to not be afraid and get to know horses better.

Q: Do you remember a specific moment when you decided you wanted to be an equine vet?
A: I was fascinated by, and wanted to learn about horses ever since I can remember but it was mid-high school when I decided to become a vet.

Q: What colleges/universities did you attend? When someone asks “where did you go to school?” what do you tell them?
A: I got my veterinary degree from Banat’s University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Timisoara, Romania; Masters degree in biomedical sciences and large animal surgery residency training from Louisiana State University.

Q: Tell me about the animals you own now.
A: I currently have 4 rescued animals: a blue heeler mix, Molda; and 3 cats: Chloe, Georgel and Magdalene. My wife and I are “foster fails”. Molda and her litter were on the side of the road in Louisiana and we decided to take her in and try to find her a home, well, she still lives with us! The cats are also foster fails and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Q: What do you do for fun, outside of work and spend time with your animals?
A: I try to spend as much time as possible outside, playing with my children, running with the dog, riding my bike, playing tennis, hiking, and fishing.

Q: If you weren’t a vet, what would you do for a living?
A: I am not sure to be honest. It would be something outdoors, maybe a mountain ranger.

Q: Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?
A: Big Bear Lake in California. I have been there several times, it is beautiful in every season. The best part about it is, it is never crowded and I have many good memories there.

Q: Favorite food?
A: Mediterranean.

Q: Favorite adult beverage?
A: I like a good old beer. Nothing fancy, a nice European beer is perfect. The Czech Republic and Denmark never fail in producing an excellent beer.  

Spotlight Series: Dr. Elizabeth Odyniec

Over the first 18 weeks of the new year, we will be conducting one on one interviews with each of our veterinarians in an effort to help you get to know all of them better! In addition to the interview, they will be posting pictures on our facebook account during their week to share some behind the scenes images of their day to day. We hope you enjoy following along!

Up this week is Elizabeth Odyniec, DVM. Upon completing her internship with B.W. Furlong & Associates in the summer of 2017, Dr. Odyniec stayed on for a second year to practice under the tutelage of Dr. Brendan Furlong. She can be found at Dr. Furlong’s side; as such she is currently spending the winter in Wellington at the WEF.

Q: What colleges/universities did you attend? When someone asks “where did you go to school?” what do you tell them?
A: I went to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis-St. Paul for my bachelor’s degree and then went to the University of Illinois for vet school. Despite Illinois being my home state, I will always be a Golden Gopher at heart.

Q: Tell me about the animals you own now.
A: I have two pets right now – Stanley and Odie. Stan is my 6 year old gelding who I’ve owned for just over a year, he was a Christmas present to myself during my internship after I saw him on an emergency call and fell in love. Odie was also a gift to myself, this time when I got into vet school – he came from a Native American reservation and his full name is Odakota, meaning “friend” in Sioux. In hindsight it probably wasn’t the best idea to get a puppy my first week of veterinary school, or an injured horse during my internship…. both of them are the best impulse decisions I’ve ever made though.

Q: What’s a good book you’ve recently read and enjoyed?
A: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. It’s a fictional story about a teenage girl dealing with race, family, relationships, and community. I listened to the audiobook version during my drive to Wellington; not only is it timely but it’s extremely engaging and well-written, and is able to be as engrossing as a good fiction while touching on many very real, very worthy socio-political issues.

Q: Dream vacation?
A: The Swiss Alps. I read a book when I was maybe 12 years old about a girl who moved to Switzerland and lived in a chalet in the Alps – ever since then I’ve dreamed of similarly staying in a mountainside chalet, skiing and hiking every day. I think that started my obsession with being in the mountains, as it was such a far cry from the incredibly flat Midwest where I grew up.

Q: Favorite adult beverage?
A: I’m one of those hipster craft beer lovers – especially a good stout or sour beer.

Q: Favorite sports team?
A: Chicago Blackhawks, as anyone who knows me probably already knows. I’m obsessed with my Hawks hockey! I even named my horse Lord Stanley, after the Stanley Cup’s namesake.

Q: Something most people don’t know about me…
A: I love rock climbing. My whole family is really into it and we have even gone on some family climbing trips; my favorite was climbing the red rocks in Arizona. Nowadays I don’t climb nearly as often as I’d like, but I try to hit the rock gym near my house when I get a weekend off.

Spotlight Series: Dr. Jan Henriksen

Over the first 18 weeks of the new year, we will be conducting one on one interviews with each of our veterinarians in an effort to help you get to know all of them better! In addition to the interview, they will be posting pictures on our facebook account during their week to share some behind the scenes images of their day to day. We hope you enjoy following along!

Up this week is Jan Henriksen, DVM. Dr. Henriksen is one of our ambulatory practitioners, and has been with the practice since 2013. He is splitting his winter between Wellington and NJ, so you might see him at either location, or in the airport!

Q: Tell me about your first meaningful memory with an animal.
A: The large majority of my childhood memories involve animals. Growing up the son of a standarbred horse trainer, I was around horses before I could walk. But, my first real significant memory involves my first dog, a yellow Labrador retriever named Toppy, that my parents had before I was born. I distinctly remember when we went to find her in JFK airport when we moved to the US from Norway and being very happy she made the trip safely with us.

Q: Do you remember a specific moment when you decided you wanted to be an equine vet?
A: I don’t think there was a specific moment but while working with/for my father in his training stable, I had the opportunity to watch and learn from numerous different vets. I always enjoyed watching them work and helping getting the horses back on the racetrack. Watching them help those horses is what made me want to do the same.

Q: What colleges/universities did you attend? When someone asks “where did you go to school?” what do you tell them?
A: I did my undergraduate studies at West Virginia University. I went to veterinary School at Ross University in St Kitts and did my clinical year at the University of Pennsylvania.

Q: Tell me about the animals you own now.
A: We have 3 Labrador retrievers: Raven (8), Ottis (4), and Heidi (1). We also have 2 cats: Tuck (9) and Osi (7). Most of them are named after New York Giants Players. There also a rabbit and a few chickens.

Q: What do you do for fun, outside of work and spend time with your animals?
A: Spend time with my girlfriend, Neva, and the animals, play golf, go to Crossfit, and wood working. I also enjoy doing various projects around the house.

Q: What’s a good book you’ve recently read and enjoyed?
A: Currently reading ‘The Firm’ by John Grisham. I saw the movie but so far the book is better. Basically anything James Patterson or John Grisham writes, I read. Also Jo Nesbo the Norwegian author.

Q: Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?
A: I always enjoy returning to Norway and hope to someday spend some time there seeing the parts of the country I have not yet seen.

Q: Dream vacation?
A: Alaskan cruise or African Safari

Q: Favorite sports team?
A: New York Giants, despite the 2017 season

Q: What are you currently watching on Netflix?
A: Blue Bloods

Q: Something most people don’t know about me…
A: I lost my hair when I was 10 years old due to an autoimmune condition known as Alopecia Areata.

 

Spotlight Series: Dr. Jill Copenhagen

Over the first 18 weeks of the new year, we will be conducting one on one interviews with each of our veterinarians in an effort to help you get to know all of them better! In addition to the interview, they will be posting pictures on our facebook account during their week to share some behind the scenes images of their day to day. We hope you enjoy following along!

Up this week is Jill Copenhagen, DVM. Dr. Copenhagen is part of our Peak Performance team and currently in Ocala, FL for the season, where she has been since the end of December. Traditionally she splits her time between Ocala and Middleburg, VA.

Q: What colleges/universities did you attend? When someone asks “where did you go to school?” what do you tell them?
A: I did my undergrad at UC San Diego and vet school at UC Davis. I loved both experiences so I’d cheat and tell someone both schools 🙂

Q: Tell me about the animals you own now.
A: With as much as I travel, I have stuck to having cats. I adopted Grace, a 15 yr old DSH, when I was in vet school. My husband and adopted a second cat, Daisy, a 6 yr old calico, about a year and half ago.

Q: What do you do for fun, outside of work and spend time with your animals?
A: I love being outside. I started playing beach volleyball a few years ago and absolutely love it. I enjoy hiking, kayaking, and exploring the area around where I live.  

Q: Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?
A: It is very hard to pick just one. I think its a tie between Copenhagen, Denmark, and Florence, Italy. Copenhagen is a very friendly, welcoming city. I spent almost a month there during vet school. Florence is an amazing combination of art, history, culture, and amazing wine.  

Q: Dream vacation?
A: My dream vacation is to go to Australia and New Zealand. It is a goal to go scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef as well as explore the many activities that New Zealand has to offer.  

Q: What are you currently watching on Netflix?
A: I have recently become hooked on “The Crown.” I often find myself with a British accent after watching an episode or two.

Q: Something most people don’t know about me…
A: I spent one summer during college working as a cold caller for an ad agency. It was terrible!

Q: What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?
A: I have developed a few bad habits being on the road. One of my guilty pleasures is an addiction to sour patch kids.