I was born on Long Island and have had a love of animals and science from a very early age. I knew I wanted to work with animals so I became an assistant at a veterinary clinic during the summers while I majored in Biology at the University of Pennsylvania. I continued on at the University of Pennsylvania’s vet school and graduated in 2001 ready to go into the world of small animal medicine.I worked for 10 years at a small animal hospital in Alexandria, Virginia, where I got a lot of great experience with medicine, surgery, and dentistry. While I enjoyed helping my patients and clients, I was frustrated when I couldn’t help my own senior cat, Monkey, who was suffering from back pain. He had injured his back and pain medicines either made him too sleepy or were too potentially damaging to his kidneys and liver. I sought out acupuncture for him and I was amazed at the results -- after 3 treatments, his pain was gone and never returned! That experience convinced me that I wanted to learn more about acupuncture and its benefits. However, at that point in my life, the time and financial commitment needed to further my education on the subject seemed too daunting, so I put it on the back burner.In 2011, I moved to Charleston, drawn here by the warm weather, beaches, friendly people and delicious food! I started filling in at various veterinary practices and suddenly found enough time to begin my studies at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) in Florida. I became certified in Small Animal Acupuncture in 2014 and then I became a certified Veterinary Chinese Herbalist in 2017. For me, it has opened up a whole new way of thinking about disease processes, wellness, balance and healing. I hope to be able to use these modalities to improve the quality of life of all my patients, including my own pets which you can read about below.