I was born in Cambridge, England. I went to the University of East Anglia for my bachelor’s degree in biology and then studied nursing (human!) in Sheffield. After several years working at a pharmaceutical company in Nottingham running clinical trials of new drugs, I decided I wanted to see the United States. I came to Pine Bluff, Arkansas, on a one-year nursing contract. I was so taken by the country that at the end of my contract I returned home, sold my house, and returned immediately, this time to Gulfport, Mississippi. Here I practiced nursing and went to the local community college to prepare for veterinary school. I had always dreamed of being a veterinarian but had blown my examinations back in England because I was young and foolish (not anymore, unfortunately!) Now I could realize my dream. I entered the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 and graduated in 1991. That was a good year for me because I also became a United States citizen in Oxford, MS.
I have been working in the Northern Virginia area since I graduated and have been at GFAH since 1999. I live with my cats (Zelda, Shelby, and Roughy) and my Longhaired Dachshund, Tilly. I enjoy taking Tilly to agility classes, which she loves (or is it the hot dogs she loves?) I live in Ashburn with my partner. We both enjoy geocaching, and each have over 750 caches in the U.S., Canada, England, and Scotland. I am also learning how to play the piano.
I enjoy seeing small mammals, reptiles, birds, and more in addition to dogs and cats. I am very interested in “alternative” or complementary medicine. I took the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) course in 1997 and have been practicing ever since with very encouraging results. I am also studying homeopathy.