I attended Gettysburg College for 3 years, and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1982 with a B.S. in animal psychology with concentrations in biology and economics. Still finding my way, I then worked as a research technician at the university, and knew I loved medicine and working with animals. I also knew that lab animal science was not for me.
After moving to North Carolina in 1986, I accepted a job at Catawba Heights Animal Hospital in Gastonia, first as a receptionist then working my way into an available technician slot. In 1995 a vet tech program was developed at the local community college, and I immediately applied for it and proudly became part of the first graduating class in 1997. I was promoted to head technician at the same hospital, and later practice manager. In 2001 I moved back to my home state of NJ and joined Andover Animal Hospital as head technician and practice manager. In 2010 I began working for SonoPath very part time. In 2014, looking for a new challenge, I trained under Dr. Lindquist’s SDEP program in abdominal and cardiac ultrasound. Following this training, I performed all of the ultrasounds at Andover. My role at SonoPath gradually expanded to include compiling case studies for the website, hosting SonoPath exhibit tables at conferences that include ACVC, NJVMA, PVMA, and ACVIM, and whatever else is needed. I am one of the instructors for the SonoPath abdominal, cardiac and orthopedic ultrasound wet labs, and also an instructor for veterinary hospital staff learning the SDEP program. On September 1st, 2015, I was excited and proud to join SonoPath full time as a SDEP certified clinical sonographer, instructor and research associate.
My husband and I love to ride our mountain bikes on all of the rail trails we can find, and we also love to “go adventuring” – just get in the car and go somewhere we’ve never been, usually involving antiquing /junk shopping /photography /exploring /wineries /whatever. I love vegetable gardening on my deck, and rarely go anywhere without my kindle loaded with books. Trail riding with my horse Candy is my greatest escape. And our nine wonderful cats tend to keep us close to home and are a constant source of chaos, love and entertainment!