I became a veterinarian because I always enjoyed being around and helping animals. I grew up on a cattle ranch which is where my love for animals began. I’ve always enjoyed working with animals. I know that if I can prevent illnesses that I can give animals and much longer and happier life. I went to vet school so I could learn how to prevent and how to catch diseases earlier so that I could ensure my patients have the best outcome possible. My goal is to provide the best care possible to my patients. I try to explain all the options to my clients so that they can make the best decisions for their pets. I want everybody to walk away with a good understanding of what is happening to their pet and what the treatment plan is. TJ is my husband and Tulsa fireman. We have a daughter Emma who is 1 year old. We have 2 dogs, Luke a lab and Val a Jack Russell mix. My philosophy is to always be honest with people.
Growing up in the '60s, one of my favorite shows was called "Daktari", in which the main character was a veterinarian who ran an animal sanctuary that included Clarence the cross-eyed lion, Judy the Chimp, and others. I wanted to grow up and BE Daktari. As I grew, the desire to take care of animals was fed by the writings of the English veterinarian, James Herriot, and his books including "All Creatures Great and Small", and the TV show of the same name. My grandfather ran the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter, and introduced me to a number of veterinarians in the OKC area. It just seemed to be my calling in life. My goal is to treat every patient as if it was my own, to respect the dignity and autonomy of every client, and to do my best to serve the needs of my clients and their animals. I live with my wife of over 30 years, Gayla, whom I met and married in Stillwater. We have three grown children: Kateri, 25, who lives in Norman, Maria, 23, who is married to her husband, Marc, and lives in England, and Tori, 23, who lives with us and is applying to medical school. We also have a foster dog, Dakota, an 8 year-old Golden Retriever. My philosophy is Micah 6:8: "You have been told, O man, what is good, and what the LORD requires of you: Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God".