I was born and raised in Hollister, CA. My love for animals began almost immediately with my mother who taught us to love and respect all critters. In 1979, my mom founded the Nan Pipestem Wildlife Rehabilitation center, and so began my learning experience. I learned how to properly care for some of the wildlife and helped wherever I could. In my late teens, I worked for a horse trainer, riding colts. This was great fun, but was not a career! I was also a nanny for a short time for my horseshoer and it was his wife who encouraged me to apply for a local veterinary clinic. To my surprise, I got the job! It became my career choice for life. I have been in the veterinary field since I was 22 and can't imagine doing anything else!
I came to Evergreen Veterinary Clinic in 2014, with a desire to broaden my skills. They have become my family, and I love them all so much! Being Native American from the Otoe Missouria Tribe, I believe my animal skills are partially derived from my heritage.
I currently have three cats: Pierre, who is too smart for his own good; Annie, my perfect princess; and Cal, my scrounger. All were rescues. I also have my little D dog who is my constant companion. I love that he gets to come to work with me. Additionally, I have a horse, Stoney. He is now an old man and retired, but he is my spirit.
I have been so blessed in my life: every day I get to learn something new and work alongside some amazing people. This is truly my dream career!