Growing up on a farm in Iowa is where I discovered at an early age I had a sympathetic heart for all unloved, sick, and injured animals thus wanting to give them medical care, love, and comfort. I graduated from Parkland College of Veterinary Technology in Champain-Urbana, Illinois. Post graduation, I was able to do what I loved for a job and joined the staff at Veterinary Surgical Referral outside Chicago, Illinois. Realizing I needed to be closer to my family, I accepted a position at the University Of Iowa College Of Medicine and then the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Transplant Program before moving to Red Lodge in 1999 and joining the newly opened Grizzly Peak Animal Hospital Staff in 2001.
My family includes my husband Jim, daughter Maelyn, and son Bannack, who keep me busy along with our three cats, dog, chinchillas, bird, and horses. I am fortunate to sit on the board of directors for the Beartooth Humane Alliance and always look forward to donating my time and skills to their annual spay and neuter clinic. In my free time, I love being with my family and friends, skiing, reading, timing ski races, gardening, camping, traveling, spending time with my nieces and nephews, along with volunteering for other non-profit organizations that help make this town an amazing place to raise a family.