Meet the Vet


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Meet the Vet


About Me

Consumers are becoming more interested than ever before in their food and how it is produced. Their questions deserve to be answered in a non-defensive, open and honest dialogue. I look forward to engaging in this dialogue and would be happy to answer your questions, as well. My email address is

When it comes to antibiotics, as the mother of three, it is vitally important to me to ensure they are effective when needed most: when one of my kids is sick. As a veterinarian with 20 years of experience, it is also important to acknowledge the value of antibiotics to the welfare of animals and safety of our food.

I took an oath when I became a veterinarian to protect animal health, prevent animal suffering, and to promote human health. Twenty years later, I still take this oath very seriously.

Quick Facts
  • Lives on family farm in Ohio with husband and three daughters
  • A mission trip to Haiti, seeing hungry and malnourished people, coupled with a love for animals, led to career in veterinary medicine and focus on food production
  • Hired by Phibro Animal Health as part of the company’s commitment to encourage and support open dialogue
  • Received 2013 NIAA President’s Award
  • Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, U.S. Animal Health Association and the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA)
  • Former Assistant State Veterinarian for the Ohio Department of Agriculture
  • Commissioned by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to conduct on-farm drug tissue residue investigations
  • Specially trained in biosecurity and disease recognition as a Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician
    • “…I chose a career that allowed me to play a
      supporting role in supplying food to the world,
      while also working to keep animals healthy.”

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Check out my blog posts


New FDA antibiotic sales data: What’s its relevance to reducing antibiotic resistance?
January 8, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration releases animal antibiotic sales data annually. The report for 2016 shows decreases in two key categories: sales for livestock and poultry, and medically important antibiotics. Although the latest report shows a reduction, we need to focus on using antibiotics responsibly, which in agriculture means to use less while preserving the ability to responsibly use antibiotics when needed.

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Confused by meat labels? Here’s what you need to know
December 18, 2017

The USDA’s glossary of meat and poultry labeling terms has 20 items from “basted or self-basted” to “young turkey” and includes “natural,” “no hormones” and “organic.” What do they all mean? Here’s some background and perspective on labels in general and one – no antibiotics added – in particular. Other resources are available as well that will help you the next time you’re at the supermarket shopping for meat.

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Why antibiotic use to prevent disease in livestock and poultry must remain an option
December 4, 2017

I am deeply troubled by the increasing call to eliminate the use of antibiotics to prevent disease in animals. As a veterinarian focused on the health of animals, I can say without question that if we lose the ability to use antibiotics for prevention purposes, more animals will die.

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