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My passion for medicine was fueled in 1975 when I became an emergency medical technician. While going to college, I worked on an ambulance and in an emergency room.

I was the first female paramedic in the state of Fla in 1977. Veterinary medicine is always my first priority, and I fulfilled my life’s passion when I graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985.

I spent the first year post graduation in a 5 doctor small animal and exotic practice. I then accepted a position in a veterinary emergency clinic where I practiced and managed the hospital. In addition to the emergency clinic, I worked in several daytime practices as a relief veterinarian. I opened my existing small animal and exotic practice in 1987.

My “WHY”

In 2004 one of my show horses developed debilitating neck spasm. Traditional western medicine was unable to fix the problem. I was unwilling to give up, and sought alternative means to treat her. The journey to fix Lilly led to chiropractic training, a thorough understanding of nutrition, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, Jin Shin jyutsu, Chinese herbs, intrinsic energy products, therapeutic laser, essential oils, Bach Flowers, emotional healing, and certification in Live Blood Analysis. All these modalities and more are integrated into my treatment protocols resulting in greater success than western modalities alone.

My interest in alternative medicine lead me to become a Certified Natural Health Professional in 2012. The knowledge and skills derived from this certification has added immeasurable value to my practice.

I have been a visionary in the health field. My hospital was the first in Florida to offer ultrasound telemedicine, and the second hospital to offer class 4 laser therapy, the first on board with digital radiography, and I continue to strive to stay cutting edge in the profession.

I began VSST- Veterinary Support Staff Training in 2006. It is a program that teaches lay people an introduction to veterinary receptionist and veterinary technician assistant, enabling them to get an idea of what the profession requires and a foot in the door for those seeking a career in veterinary medicine. I also have an extensive volunteer program that gives students community hours and an introduction into veterinary medicine.

My role as a practitioner is to educate and empower people to make informed decisions. My client/patient relationships start with a complete history and a thorough physical exam. I then educate my pet parents of the options available, helping them to make decisions right for them and their pet.

I am available for speaking, interviews, podcasts.

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