I grew up on a small farm in Bloomington, Indiana. My early years were spend surrounded by animals, and I always knew that I would someday become a veterinarian.
I attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and graduated with a B.A. in Zoology in 1981. I then graduated from veterinary school at Purdue University, and moved to New Jersey in 1985. I originally thought that I would spend a year or two in New Jersey, but I'm still here! (and loving it!) On August 1, 1989, after 4 years of veterinary practice in New Jersey, I opened the Nottingham Animal Hospital.
My husband Joe and I are thrilled to be raising three wonderful children: Joe (18), Abigail (16), and Amy (14). Our 4 legged family includes a Petite Basset Griffin Vendeen (small French basset) named Jean Luc, a very fat guinea pig named Aggie, and a very large, handsome Ginger kitty named Diesel.
I think veterinary medicine is the greatest career in the world. Every day is different; every day brings new challenges and interesting cases. I enjoy treating internal medicine cases, geriatrics, and ophthalmology. I particularly enjoy interacting with our patients' owners, many of whom I consider friends.
When I am not at Nottingham, I spend as much time as possible with my family. All 3 of my kids are very busy with activities. Joe just graduated Nottingham High School last year, where he enjoyed playing football (STATE CHAMPS!!!! WOO HOO!!!!), swimming, and track. He is currently working hard at 2 jobs. Abby is a Junior at Nottingham, and loves to perform in musical theater productions. She has been in many productions in the several different community theaters and was nominated for a prestigious Perry Award this past year! She also is in the marching, concert, and jazz bands, is newspaper editor, and works at Kuser Mansion. Amy is a Freshman at Nottingham, and is in the band (band front- flags) and is a competitive dancer with a local dance academy. Our entire family enjoys traveling; in fact, Joe and I met in Belgium in 1986. If I were to have free time, I enjoy music, knitting, reading, antiques, throwing pottery on my pottery wheel, and you can occasionally find me in the catwalk (appropriately) shining spotlights at Kelsey Theater.
"General Practitioner" is an apt description of me as I enjoy all aspects of being a veterinarian, from internal medicine to surgery to preventative health care. I limit my practice to dogs and cats, leaving treatment of other pets to Dr. Adler-Bush. My day is complete when I see a healthy puppy or kitten, when I am able to help a sick pet recover, or when I can offer advice or solace to a client.
I have always loved animals, but I didn't discover that I wanted to be a veterinarian until I started working as an animal health technician when I graduated from college. I found that I not only enjoyed helping the pets, but also liked working with their owners.
The challenges and rewards of veterinary medicine still excite me, and even after 20+ years in this profession I look forward to going to work each morning.
I earned my undergraduate degree summa cum laude in Animal Science from the University of New Hampshire in 1977, and worked for 5 years as an animal health technician before I applied to the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. In 1986 I earned by DVM degree.
As those of you with children can attest, most of my spare time is spent with my son and daughter, at their various activities, or juggling cars in the driveway! As a family we're involved in sports, scouts, and outdoor activities. On my own, I enjoy horseback riding, bicycling, and reading.
My husband Bruce and I live in Pennsylvania with our 17 year old daughter and 20 year old son. We recently lost our sweet yellow lab, Starbuck, but Garfield the cat is still going strong at 20!! The family is rounded out with a variety of tropical fish, frogs, and crabs