I’m fairly new to the Veterinary Center Family, but feel I have found a new home. I had worked for 12 years previously at a clinic in Centennial, and before that worked with a mobile veterinarian in Franktown. I grew up in northeastern Ohio, moved to Washington DC with United Airlines and met my husband there. He was originally from Montana and wanted to move west, so we settled on Denver. We have lived in Douglas County since 1978. Living on a bit of acreage, we’ve had horses, dogs, cats, birds, bunnies, rats and reptiles. Thanks to one of my now grown daughters, we got involved with raising Guide Dog pups through 4H with Guide Dogs for the Blind in 1990 and I’ve been doing it ever since. Once our children left home, I was still hooked on the process and am now on puppy number 28 but have switched organizations to Guiding Eyes for the Blind in New York. We get the pups at about 8-10 weeks old and keep them until they are 16-18 months old. It’s my job to teach them basic obedience skills, good house manners, and socialize them to just about anything they might encounter in the world with a blind partner. It’s always rewarding to see the light bulb come on as they mature and every dog teaches me something new.

When I’m not training a pup or working, I enjoy my 4 grandchildren when they visit, reading when I can, and spoiling my two forever dogs, Zorba and Mufasa (I didn’t name them) who were released from the guide dog program for health issues. Living on 5 acres requires a lot of outside maintenance time, which I love also.

I am looking forward to meeting the pets and people who come to The Veterinary Center of Parker for the loving, supportive and expert care we are able to provide. I feel the team I have joined is dedicated to giving each pet and owner the benefit of experience and compassion and I am eager to participate in the process.