I was born in Huntington, New York and was raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. When my family moved to Raleigh it was a small town, but since then it has grown into a center of research, education, and the arts, and it has been fantastic to grow up with this city. I went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for my undergraduate education where I majored in Music Performance and minored in Chemistry. It was during that time that I became drawn to veterinary medicine, and especially those aspects of medicine involving infectious disease. I started my veterinary degree in 2012 and completed a research project in the summer of 2013 on the role of Enterococcus species in the intestinal flora of neonatal kittens
Outside of veterinary school and studying for classes, I like to spend my time playing the bassoon, cooking, baking, and entertaining my 2 cats. I also play in some local orchestras and teach bassoon lessons. One of my favorite things to do on a night off is see performance by the North Carolina Symphony and then try out a new restaurant.
I am presently halfway through my DVM degree at NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine. My current focus area is Pathology and I plan to complete a Pathology Residency with a PhD that will tie into my interest in enteric bacteria and the micro-biome. I also have a love for felines and would love to see my work have an impact on feline medicine.