My husband Brian and I have owned Colfax Veterinary Hospital since 1983. Brian is a pilot and aircraft mechanic at Interstate Aviation in Pullman. In those early years, it was less common for veterinarians to refer cases to specialists so we were busy with challenging dog and cat cases and 24 hour emergency care. Aircraft mechanics are excellent orthopedic surgical assistants!
But then life changed with children added and health subtracted. Illness put me in a wheelchair for several months. During this time I envisioned two alternative routes: Pursue another degree and become a science teacher or focus in on the veterinary specialty of feline medicine. Gradually over the next two decades, I have done both.
Since 1999 we have been a part time, mostly cats, veterinary clinic. In 2006 I received a K-12 teaching certificate (Endorsement Biology) and for the next 7 years taught part time at Colfax Junior and Senior High School. A position at Washington State University (Training Coordinator at Office of the Campus Veterinarian) opened up for me in 2013. My role there was to ensure adequate training for all individuals handling research and teaching animals. Currently my position is at the College of Veterinary Medicine as an instructor with a schedule that varies each semester depending on the course schedule. Fall/Winter Semester 2018 I am in Pullman Monday to Thursday.
Most Fridays and Saturdays, I am available to provide basic veterinary care for cats at my clinic in Colfax.
My goals are:
- to reduce the fear factor that cats experience with veterinary visits
- to provide quality basic care at a reasonable price
- to mentor pre-veterinary and veterinary students in a clinic setting
- to communicate well so owners can make informed decisions