I grew up on Long Island in Plainview, New York. I was not raised with any pets, but had a penchant for wildlife and an innate desire to care for and protect injured animals. As soon as I was old enough, I started working at a local small animal hospital as a veterinary assistant. I chose to attend the University of Delaware as an undergrad for their wonderful Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Animal Biosciences program. Their on-campus farm and vicinity to wildlife rehabilitators and rescue organizations offered exciting new opportunities and experiences. I began researching here as well, spending my summers in laboratories primarily developing a model for avian enterocyte tissue culture. I also took on a teaching assistant position for a comparative anatomy laboratory, where I found my passion for educating others.
I adore ballroom dancing, and am currently on Cornell’s competitive dance sport team. I can often be found hanging out in a tree with a good book on warmer days. I also enjoy any type of art project, drinking tea, and baking.
I am fairly certain I wish to become a professor at a veterinary institution. I believe I will pursue a PhD degree after obtaining my DVM degree, ideally while also participating in clinical work with small animals or wildlife. My greatest scientific interests lie in physiology and endocrinology, so I would hope to continue researching related topics in those fields, teach a new generation of aspiring veterinarians, and practice clinical work all together.