Practice Owner since 2014
MCAH team member since 2001
Why did you become a veterinarian?
I grew up on a small farm in Oklahoma surrounded by lots of animals. As a child, we had cattle, pigs, chickens, dogs and cats. Most of our neighbors had horses as well. My favorite subjects in school were math and sciences. I originally went to college as a marine biology major with plans of working with marine mammals and fish. Some of my interests changed during college and I found myself interested in the possibility of a medical degree. I have always loved animals and veterinary medicine gave me the opportunity to pursue those interests.
What is your goal with every patient visit?
My goal with a patient visit is to first address any concern of the pet parents. It is always my goal to make sure that not only is the patient getting the right treatment, but that the pet parents fully understand what we recommend and why, and that they are in agreement with the treatment plan.
Advice to pet parents?
Consider pet insurance. There are a number of companies that offer good plans. Having pet insurance allows you to make decisions based on what is best for your pet in times of need, without as much of the financial burden.
Who makes up your family?
My wife, Jenny, is also a veterinarian who practices emergency medicine. We have three boys: Aidan, Finn and Sullivan. We have three dogs: a French Bulldog named Trudy, a Potcake named Petal, and a Pit Bull named Bika. Three island cats round out the family: Mr. Nibbles, Larry, and Cracker – all rescued from the Turks and Caicos.
Fun fact about you? Your pet?
I am an avid hunter and fisherman. I am also a homebrewer, and involved with a couple of the local breweries.
Our home is a bit like the Island of Misfit Pets: all of our pets came to us as a “rescue” with something “wrong” with them. They are all happy and healthy now, and we think they are each perfect in every way.