Graduated from Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 with a DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) degree.
Completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at University of Minnesota in 1996.
Entered private practice in the field of small animal practice with national practice Banfield, The Pet Hospitals from 1996-2001.
Practiced for several years before assuming responsibilities for recruitment, university relations, and the national senior extern program.
Maintained part-time involvement with the College of Veterinary Medicine by designing and teaching the Elective Small Animal Surgery senior rotation from 1996-2002.
Joined the University of Minnesota CVM faculty full time in 2001.
Professional interests include finding new and innovative ways to teach beginning clinical and professional skills to veterinary students.
Current projects include development of a video game tool for reinforcing client communication skills and development of the first of its kind Communication Skills Rating Tool for use in evaluation of veterinary exam room skills.
Title: Director of Experiential Education and Assistant Clinical Professor.
Enjoy time at home with husband Jeff and children Hunter and Reagan and four-legged child Hiro, a rescued research beagle.