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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Many questions are covered in our in-depth Resource Library.

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Check out my blog posts


3 reasons why antibiotics are given to farm animals
July 13, 2017

Animal welfare, food safety and sustainability – there are good reasons animals raised for food are given antibiotics. Responsible use of antibiotics is the key, and procedures are in place to ensure there are no unsafe residues in meat, milk and eggs.

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For the love of science … and communication
June 27, 2017

Alan Alda’s new book, “If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating,” was published June 6, 2017. Empathy as a key to successful scientific communications is one of the topics in the book. How does this concept relate to technical issues such as agriculture and food production, and antibiotic use and resistance?

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Clearing the confusion on ‘factory farms’
May 31, 2017

The term “factory farm” (I call it the “double F bomb”) has become a catch-all for everything that some people perceive as being wrong with modern agriculture. A recent New York Times op-ed contains much misinformation about today’s farming technology, the healthfulness of meat, and the environmental impact of producing food from animals.

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