I grew up in Issaquah and Bainbridge Island, and my nephew Sheriff is our family's fourth generation in Seattle. My entire family was heavily involved in Pony Club, Area VII Young Riders, and organizing events. I trained with Nancy Lowry and Jean Moyer through success at intermediate level eventing, but was prevented from going advanced with my top horse, Celebrity, due to veterinary problems, thus launching a lifelong passion for sport horse medicine. Due to persistence, care, and faith, Celebrity eventually recuperated and competed Advanced for many years, and is now happily and healthily retired. I left the Northwest to follow the family tradition of education in New England, and completed degrees at Brown University, (an Ivy League college in Rhode Island), in ecology and premedical biology with a minor in postmodernist film production, and earned my DVM at Tufts University in Massachusetts in 2002.
I took time aside from my sport horse interest to work for the African Union on veterinary services distribution models for nomadic people, wildlife medicine in Africa, as director of Veterinarians for Global Solutions, on the board of directors for the Tibet/Nepal NGO Drokpa, and with Pan American Health Organization in Panama. I was the vet for the $85 million Warner Brothers movie Racing Stripes, filmed in South Africa, caring for 11 zebras, 110 racehorses, and a posse of trained pelicans, bloodhounds, etc. I bought and trained gaucho cowponies in rural Argentina for professional polo. I completed equine externships with John Nolan and Kent Allen in Middleburg, VA, at CCI**** events pre-Sydney Olympics, and at Palm Beach Equine Clinic at Palm Beach Polo Club.
I worked for PJ McMahon in England as official vet for the Cowday and Guards Polo Clubs outside London and treating the horses of Pippa Funnel, Kyra Kyrtland, and many other Olympians. I also worked alongside FEI vets at many international level competitions in jumping, dressage, eventing, and reining. On the other side of the spectrum I was the equine vet for a mixed practice in rural agricultural Devon, seeing hunting horses, racehorses, and native ponies, as well as vetting for the local Dartmoor Zoological Park, both before and during a 2 year period of renovation. The rehabilition of the park by the Mees family was the subject of a prime time BBC documentary, and CURRENTLY IS THE SUBJECT OF THE MOVIE 'WE BOUGHT A ZOO'! I was the first person to introduce such things as stem cell therapy, sterile maggot debridement, and IRAP to Devon.
Establishing myself close to my roots in the Pacific Northwest has been a long time goal, and I've been thrilled with the fabulous reception I've had from the local horse community. Practicality, sports medicine, and top level technology are the themes of my veterinary service, and I make every effort to keep my services afffordable. In my spare time, I try to get out backpacking, attending or riding in three day events, editing the copious film footage I've collected on my travels, and following international development and epidemiology.