I was 4 years old when I began taking horseback riding lessons on a pony named Adam. Five years later is when I decided to become a veterinarian. At age 11 a wonderful pony by the name of Junior came into my life. Junior was a trusted friend and a wise teacher. I gained much insight about the equine species from him. It was Junior that helped plant the seed beginning my career in veterinary medicine.
I was born in Kalamazoo, MI and graduated from Gull Lake High School. I then attended Hope College for a year playing both basketball and softball. Then I moved to Tallahassee, Florida studying Biology at Florida State University. In the summer of 1996, I transferred to Michigan State University. Two years later, I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science. I then spent a year in Austin, Texas. There I worked as a small animal veterinary technician concurrently reapplying to veterinary school.
My life long dream of becoming a veterinarian began taking shape. During the last two years of veterinary school I directed my focus to large animal medicine. I graduated in 2005 and did a year internship for a large animal veterinary clinic. I was later hired by the clinic and worked for two and a half years as an associate. During this time I became interested in and studied animal spinal manipulation. I later graduated from Options for Animals in Wellsville, Kansas. I became certified by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association and have been practicing spinal manipulation since 2007.
I have decided to concentrate my focus on alternative treatment options. In 2011, I graduated from the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida. I later became certified in Veterinary Acupuncture. I practice different forms of acupuncture such as dry needle, electro, and aqua. I often supplement my acupuncture with Chinese Herbs from the Chi Institute or supplements from Standard Process. Additionally, I offer Pulsating Electromagnetic Therapy which has proven successful in many different conditions from wounds to arthritis and allows improved results in spinal manipulation.