What are you passionate about as a Veterinary Technician at WMAC?
"As a Veterinary Technician, I hope to promote the human-animal bond by helping pet owners make good decisions
caring for their animals as their own personal circumstances allow."
What are you passionate about outside of being a Veterinary Technician?
"I am passionate about living a sustainable lifestyle and educating myself regarding the environmental impact of humans all over the world. I study how we in the developed world have a completely unsustainable method of food production, and how we can, and should, reverse the trend toward factory farming, monoculture farming and the devastation these systems wreak on the environment that we live in."
"Of particular interest to me are issues concerning food animal welfare and increasing the awareness of the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations in the USA. Animals raised in appalling conditions using hormones and antibiotics, and the rivers of sewage these factories produce are a detriment to our land and
waterways, to the animals, and to our own bodies."
Tell us about your fur babies...
"My pets all were adoptions…My Lottie dog was adopted from the Delaware SPCA as an adult dog. After a full recovery from a nasty case of heart worm, she has since survived 3 surgeries removing 6 tumors due to metastatic mammary cancer. My cat Maka was adopted at 6 weeks of age from the Chester County, Pennsylvania SPCA, and is now a vocal and healthy 9 years old. Dixie is the product of a “mistaken breeding” of a purebred Australian Shepherd and a feral Napili pineapple field dog…Dixie has been with me since the day she was born, for 16 ½ years. I helped care for her mother and picked her from the litter. So many, many miles of hiking – walks through the woods and hillsides of Pennsylvania to the beaches of South Carolina and back to Hawai’i. Now she is old, crippled and will soon depart this life. The experience with her can’t help but make me more cognizant of how each person’s
attachment to her pet is uniquely personal and intense."
What brought you to Maui?
"Although I had visited Oahu as a teenager, I had never even been to Maui when I moved here! As a child, I spent every summer of my childhood on the Atlantic beaches of South Carolina and there inherited a passion for the ocean, the coastline and the beautiful estuaries of that area. Now that I’ve lived on Maui for over 7 years, it’s easy to love the beaches here and I have become engaged in protecting our fragile environment. Currently, I participate in monthly reef cleanups, and am taking Ocean Awareness Training -- learning how to reduce stress to our damaged coral reefs and how to be part of the solution in rebuilding and preserving this precious, unique and important ecosystem for future generations of animals and humans."
"I absolutely love the West Side, and spend every spare moment hiking and swimming - mauka to makai. I also love how much West Side pet owners appreciate having convenient veterinary care here in Lahaina! At WMAC we are privileged to get to know each client and to participate in caring for their animals."