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What Not to Eat – Holiday Dog Edition (Dr. Jenna Koenigstein)

First things first…This is a slightly outdated photo because Dr. Gatsch is now Dr. Koenigstein. Congratulations! Onto her blog.

Now that we are all stuffed to the gills from our Thanksgiving feasts and looking forward to more gluttony next month, I’m going to take a moment to refresh you on those foods to avoid giving to your pup.  In addition to those listed below, it is also important to remember that giving table food to your canine companion can cause gastrointestinal upset and obesity, which can predispose them to other health issues.  Yummy human food can also cause them to become more finicky about eating their usual dog food.

Also beware of leaving food on the counters, especially if you have an experienced counter-surfer at home.

Alcohol – While it may seem funny to some to give Fluffy some beer and watch him act silly, don’t do it. Alcohol can cause not only intoxication, lack of coordination, and slowed breathing, but potentially even coma or death.

This is what NOT to do.

Avocado – Avocados contain persin, which can cause diarrhea and vomiting.

Baby food – Some varieties contain onion powder, which is harmful to dogs (see below under Onion).  Otherwise not harmful for dogs, but does not provide a balanced diet.

Bones – Intact bones can cause choking or gastrointestinal obstruction.  Splintered bones can cause damage to the lining of the GI tract and even possible perforation.

Cat food – Too high in protein and fat to be a primary diet for dogs.  Occasional consumption is not harmful and is often unavoidable 🙂

Chocolate, coffee, tea – This is probably not new information for you, but be sure to avoid chocolate for your pup.  It contains caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea and, in more severe cases, is toxic to the heart and nervous system.  The darker the chocolate, the worse for your pet.

Corn on the cob – A common cause of intestinal obstructions every summer.  Make sure to dispose of garbage well so that your pup can’t go dumpster diving to find a prize.

Corn cob visible in the intestine causing obstruction.  The only treatment is surgery to remove the cob.

Fat trimmings – Can cause GI upset and occasionally pancreatitis.

Grapes and raisins – Grapes contain a toxin that can cause acute kidney failure. Some dogs seem more sensitive to the toxin than others, but best to avoid altogether.

Hops – One of the main components of beer, hop consumption by your dog can cause panting, an increased heart rate, fever, seizures, and even death.

Macadamia nuts – These contain a toxin that can cause weakness, depression, tremors, vomiting, and hyperthermia.

Milk and dairy products – Dogs are naturally lactose intolerant, so large amount of dairy products can cause diarrhea.

Moldy food – If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t give it to your pup.

Mushrooms – Just as the wrong mushroom can be fatal to humans, the same applies to dogs. If your pup eats an unknown mushroom outside, seek veterinary care immediately.

Onions and garlic – In all their forms (raw, cooked, powder, etc), they contain disulfides and sulfoxides, both of which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia.

Persimmons, peaches, and plums – Persimmon seeds and peach and plum pits can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis.

Raw eggs – The most obvious concern is salmonella, which is why mom always said not to eat the cookie dough. But raw eggs also contain the enzyme avidin, which inhibits the absorption of Biotin (a B vitamin) that your dog uses to keep a healthy coat and skin.

Salt – Excessive intake can lead to electrolyte imbalances.

Sugar – Avoid sweet snacks in your pet.  Just as with people, sugar can lead to obesity, which may predispose your pet to diabetes.

Tobacco – The nicotine in tobacco can damage your pup’s digestive and nervous systems, increase their heart rate, lead to coma, and ultimately result in death.

Xylitol – An artificial sweetener found in sugar-free gum which causes low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).  Symptoms include vomiting, weakness, and collapse.

Yeast dough – Yeast can expand and produce gas in the GI system, causing pain and possible rupture of the stomach or intestines.

These by no means are the only things to avoid in your dog, but keeping these in mind can help your pup to have a happy and healthy holiday season.  If you ever have any question as to the safety of something your pet has eaten, call us anytime.

Happy Holidays!


Holiday Safety for Your Pets (Dr. Laurie Pearlman)

As the holiday season approaches and you prepare for the festivities please remember to keep pet safety in mind.  Pets are part of our family and they too will be in the midst of all the celebrations.  Here are some simple safety tips to consider during this holiday season:




Holiday decor

Keep all ornaments, ribbons, garlands, tacks and potpourri out of reach. Avoid using tinsel.  Cats love to play with tinsel and often ingest it.  Don’t leave your pet alone in a room where they have access to decorations.  Anything ingested can potentially cause an intestinal obstruction or may be toxic.  


Yummy foods

Don’t change your pet’s diet.  Any change in diet can result in diarrhea.  Foods high in fat can trigger pancreatitis so avoid those fatty meat scraps.  Do not feed bones to pets, this can result in some serious gastrointestinal emergencies.  Feed only the safe foods and treats that your pets are used to eating.  Secure the garbage can.  Move foods out of reach on counter tops and tables. Make sure your pet does not have access to foods intended for people.  Many things are toxic to pets that may seem harmless such as : chocolate, any food containing xylitol (artificial sweetener), macadamia nuts, grapes or raisins, onions, alcoholic beverages.  


Plants can add beauty to our homes and are very decorative but many plants are toxic if ingested.  Keep all plants out of reach.  Check out the ASPCA toxic and non toxic plant list at




Warmth and light

All of the things used to keep our gathering spaces warm can pose a danger to pets and people.  Block off fireplaces with appropriate safety barriers.  Avoid using candles where pets can reach them.  Keep all electric cords out of reach or secured to prevent access by curious pets.  They may try to chew on the cords resulting in electric shock or burns and if ingested may require surgical care.



Safe haven

All the noise and activity may be stressful for pets.  Consider setting up a safe, quiet area in your home away from the holiday bustle.  With visitors coming and going pets are more likely to slip out.  Guests often can not resist sharing holiday foods with cute little critters. Remind them not to share anything except safe treats that you provide.



Identification and vaccinations

Collars and identification tags should have current contact information.  Because collars can be lost if your pet escapes or more commonly not put back on a pet especially after a bath, microchips are very important.  Microchips are a permanent form of identification.  All veterinarians, animal control officers and animal shelters have microchip scanners and will scan found pets in hopes of reuniting a lost pet with an owner.  Microchips are an inexpensive ticket home for a lost pet. If you haven’t already gotten one for your pet please consider calling us to get one for your furry friend today! Guests will often bring visiting pets as well.  Make sure your pets are up to date on their vaccinations.  Never leave pets alone that are not accustomed to being together.

We wish your family and pets a safe and happy holiday season!


No More Fleas Please! (Dr. Lorri Mitchell)

Before I start my topic I want to extend thoughts and prayers to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. On our end everyone is safe and luckily we were able to open ourLakewoodoffice almost immediately afterward. For animals that were in the building some of our staff braved the storm to come in and take care of them, some even staying and weathering the storm in the building so the animals would not be alone. We hope everyone is ok and if we can help with your pets please let us know.

It may seem like an old topic but fleas have been around long time and recent weather conditions have made flea numbers explode.

We have all likely seen fleas and maybe have battled, or are currently battling an infestation. Not only are they annoying to us and the pet but they can cause health issues too. They can cause anemia (low red blood cells), transmit diseases from pet to pet, tapeworms come from fleas and some animals are allergic to the fleas which causes them great discomfort.

Flea infestations can happen very quickly and can be difficult to get rid of. Why? First we have to understand the flea and what their game plan is.

–        It starts with a female flea that jumps onto your pet (or you!). Once they are on an animal host they stay, life is good there.

–       The flea settles in and starts feeding. They are basically little vampires and eat up to 15 times their body weight in your pet’s blood daily. Within 24 hours that flea is laying eggs. Up to 40 or 50 eggs per day and they live up to 3 weeks. Numbers add up fast!

–        These eggs laid in your pet’s hair coat will roll off and land in the environment. Your pet is now a salt shaker. Everywhere they walk and  jump (beds/furniture) they are shaking eggs into the home and out side. To add to the population, if you have wild life that come through your yard or neighborhood untreated pets they are also shedding eggs. When you are working hard to end an infestation that can be one of the reasons it isn’t working.

–        Alright, the eggs have now landed somewhere, inside or outside. Within 2-10 days (depending on environmental factors) these eggs hatch. It’s a quick thing. Now they are larvae. Within 7-21 days they become pupae and form a cocoon. This is where they can stay dormant for 200 or more days or can hatch into fleas within a week.

Click here to see flea larvae in the home.

So, now that we know how they operate let’s talk about a few myths and facts.

Fact: if you see fleas on your pet there are already flea eggs, larvae, pupae and emerging fleas in your home or outdoors.

Fact: remember pets are living salt shakers. This helps with environmental cleanup.

Fact: after applying the flea product recommended by your veterinarian adult fleas on your pet will be dead within 4 to 36 hours. BUT expect to see live fleas for up to 3-8 weeks as the lifecycle plays out to extinction in the environment.

Fact: when using monthly flea products, if you miss a dose or are late with a dose (even a day or 2) the fleas will survive and the lifecycle starts over. You are back at the beginning.

Fact: you have to treat EVERY PET with fur (exception: tiny pocket pets like hamsters usually are ok). That means the dogs, the cats, the rabbit, the ferret. You will fail if you do not do this. Ask us for the appropriate treatment for the non dog/cat furry kids in your house.

Fact: not only do you have to treat everyone, you have to do it for a long time, every 30 days, without fail. That may mean year round. Which brings me to a myth: it is getting cold now/summer’s over so I don’t need to worry about fleas. When the temperature starts to dip the fleas become desperate. This is when they jump on people to get into the house to find a host.

Myth: my dog got fleas from the dog next to me at the vet office/groomer. Fleas rarely, if ever, jump from pet to pet. They get a flea from newly hatched fleas as the pet walks by.

Fact: with the current monthly flea products available you do not always need to treat the environment but doing so will greatly decrease the time it takes to get rid of your infestation.

Myth: I don’t need to use flea products because my cat/rabbit is indoors only OR my dog only goes out in the yard. Your dog can pick up a flea as they are in your yard from wildlife, fleas can jump on us to use us as a ride indoors to your pet.


I will share my recent flea experience with you. Yes, I had a flea problem. This is how it happened for me. We (my family, including 1 dog, 2 cats and 2 hamsters) were set to move. Our beloved dog passed away from liver cancer just before the move. He was my reminder to flea/tick protect the others each month. So, when we moved I got forgetful. I got behind a few months on protection since no one was going outside. I knew better but yet there it was. Next was a perfect storm. We moved and I believe the house we moved to had dormant pupae in the carpet/floor cracks. And, it was getting cooler out so fleas were hopping on warm bodies (the humans) to get in the house. And I had not been faithful with my 30 day applications on the cats. And there they were…Fleas! In the vet’s house!! I launched a full blown attack. Applied my monthly product to the pets. Washed and dried everything that could be washed every day for a week. Vacuumed (and emptied the canister outside so no eggs would hatch inside) and swept every day. Luckily I got it under control fairly easily and didn’t need an exterminator. I also found out through that time that the hamsters were not likely going to be a problem. I checked them often and never saw anything on them. Phew! Now I mark the calendar and apply to the cat and rabbit (new kid in town) year round.


We are happy to chat with you about what flea products to use or help you get through your own severe infestation. With a coordinated effort, the proper products and time you will be able to get the situation under control. If you would like to know about particular flea products or what might be best for you, please call or write to us. There are so many good ones to choose from now. We urge you to call us and ask about over-the-counter products before you buy them because there are many inferior, and some potentially dangerous, products that are being marketed at major local retail stores. Remember, prevention is the key and it is very easy once you know the facts.

Small Pets for Children (Dr. Ruthberg)

Small Pets for Small Children

“Exotic” pets are becoming more common these days. They are great for people who are allergic to dogs or cats and can even make great companions for kids.  Pets can teach children how to be responsible and aware of the needs of others and a pet is a live-in nature lesson. One piece of advice is to take a look at your lifestyle and figure out how much free time you generally have, how much you’re willing to clean up, how much space you have in and outside of your house, how often you travel, and how much you’re willing to spend on your pet’s care, feeding, and maintenance. Although pets are a great way to teach children about responsibility, more often than not YOU might be the one helping out with daily care. Here is a quick rundown of some of the more popular non-traditional pets that may suit your child:



In my experience, people often compare guinea pigs to hamsters when considering a small pet. Guinea pigs usually make better pets for children as hamsters are very small and more easily hurt or lost. Guinea pigs are highly sociable so it is often best to get two together, and usually two females are better as males can fight and putting a male and female together may lead to a whole other discussion you might not be ready to have with your kid. Did you know they can be very talkative? It is important that guinea pigs get an adequate supply of vitamin C every day so make sure they get their fruit and veggies.


These don’t often come to mind when considering pets but anyone who has owned rats can tell you they are one of the most affectionate and intelligent of all the pocket pets. You may be wary due to the reputation of their dumpster-diving cousins, but domesticated or “fancy rats” are very clean and meticulously groom themselves.  Rats are very smart and can be taught simple tricks, such as stay and sit and will often learn their names. They can also be litter box trained. Rats will often develop a connection with their owner, wanting daily attention. They genuinely enjoy interacting with people and should be handled daily.


These pets are popular as a “starter pet” for kids. They are very hardy and can live for 25 years! Get two because they like company. They’re not great pets for kids who are more hands-on and want something to play with. Remember to clean the tank regularly. It’s also easy to over feed them which can lead to a premature trip to the toilet for Nemo.


If you take your child to a pet store there is a good chance you may end up with one of these. Children generally love rabbits and they can make good pets for kids but it is important they learn how to properly handle a bunny as they can get injured when picking them up the wrong way. They need exercise outside of their cage and they can actually be litter trained!  Make sure you read up on their dietary needs as bunnies require lots of good quality timothy hay to live a happy healthy life.


If your kid is into the more exotic side of pets, a leopard gecko may be for you. Relatively small, with placid personalities and no teeth, a gecko makes a more unusual but just as enjoyable pet for any age. They are clean animals, surprisingly low maintenance can live for a long time but they require unique care because they need a heated vivarium to properly regulate their body temperature. Their tails can fall off if pulled, so discourage any rough handling particularly from smaller children.


These guys might look like something out of Jurassic Park but they are actually great starter reptiles for kids as they are laid back, gentle, and curious critters. They are omnivores so be sure to feed them a wide variety of insects and 20% of their diet should be fruits and vegetables like green beans, orange-fleshed squash, carrots, escarole, parsley, mustard, dandelion and collard greens, raspberries, mango, and cantaloupe. Beardies need daily access to a UVB source, either being regularly exposed to direct sunlight, or to UVB-producing fluorescent tube.

Remember, especially with small children, always supervise playtime with pets.  It is important to practice good hygiene so make sure kids wash their hands regularly when handling any animals. Remember to schedule an examination with your veterinarian very soon after you acquire your exotic pet to be sure it’s healthy and to get important instructions about care and feeding. The vast majority of illnesses in exotic pets is due to improper housing and nutrition. Schedule yearly wellness exams with your veterinarian as you would with a dog or cat. A child will need to be reminded numerous times that an animal is a living thing that needs food, water, and exercise, along with social interaction. All animals have the potential to bite but in general the more you properly handle a pet, the more socialized it will become…with the exception of goldfish of course.

-Dr. Ruthberg



What is a heart murmur? (Dr. Danowitz)

When you bring your pets in for their annual physical examination, chances are, at some point or another, you may have heard one of our veterinarians comment, “Fluffy has a heart murmur today”. While some animals with heart murmurs have serious clinical signs such as exercise intolerance, coughing, and difficulty breathing, a great number of pets, just as people, have heart murmurs but feel and act completely normal. My own dog, Janey, has a heart murmur, which I discovered when she was three years old. So what does that actually mean?

A heart murmur is simply an “abnormal sound” heard with a stethoscope. The normal heart of a dog or cat (or human, for that matter) can be characterized as a ‘LUB…DUB’. With an animal that has a heart murmur, the sound is more along the lines of ‘LUB..WHHOOOOOSSHH..DUB’.

Example of normal heart sound:

Example of heart murmur:

This sound is an indication that there is an interruption in the normal blood flow in the heart, which can happen for many reasons. Some potential causes of heart murmurs include: valve problems (i.e. leaky mitral valve in humans), congenital heart defects, and problems with the thickness and function of the heart muscle. We can also see “innocent heart murmurs” in young puppies and kittens, as well as in animals that have other underlying health problems such as anemia and hyperthyroidism.

How do you know what a heart murmur means to your beloved pet? There are several tests that can be performed to determine the cause of the heart murmur and the severity of any underlying heart disease. The three most common tests performed at our hospital are: chest radiographs (X-Rays), blood pressure, and a cardiac ultrasound (echocardiogram).

Chest X-Rays are useful for multiple reasons. The X-Ray allows the veterinarian to assess heart size as well as to evaluate the lung fields around the heart. When heart disease is very advanced, fluid can often form in or around the lungs; this condition is referred to as congestive heart failure, and is diagnosed with X-Rays. A normal dog chest X-Ray (left) compared to a pet in heart failure (right) can be visualized below:

Blood pressure is also important in animals with cardiac conditions. Animals with high blood pressure are often placed on medications, much like humans, to control their hypertension. If untreated, high blood pressure can cause certain medical conditions to progress more rapidly. In the animal hospital, it can often tricky to get accurate blood pressure measurements, as our patients are often a little stressed.

A cardiac ultrasound, or echocardiogram, is a way to see inside the heart at the four chambers, valves, and heart muscle. With this test we can acquire loads of information regarding muscle thickness and function, valve thickness, chamber dilation, obstructions to blood flow and other things as well. Measurements are taken of your pet’s heart components, and then compared to the normal measurements for a dog or cat of your pet’s size. An example of a cardiac ultrasound can be seen below:

The results of these three tests are used to determine whether or not there is substantial heart disease in an animal, and whether any medication is indicated to help them. Cardiac medications are aimed to slow the progression of heart disease and control the symptoms, but cannot “cure” any existing heart problem. It is for this reason that early detection and diagnosis of heart disease can make a big difference in long-term outcome.

I mentioned earlier that my own dog, Janey, has a low-grade heart murmur. I recently ran the three tests mentioned above, and her heart disease is mild enough that she does not yet require any medication. Since heart disease typically worsens with age, I will recheck her chest X-Rays, blood pressure, and cardiac ultrasound each year to monitor her progression.

Dr. Danowitz

Halloween fun: How to be creepy and safe (Dr. Weiner)

Dr. Zach Weiner

It is that time of year again. There is a fresh crispness in the air, children are back in school, the leaves are changing colors, and football has taken over many of our weekends. Yes readers, fall is upon us and I for one could not be more excited. Very shortly one of the year’s most fun holidays will be here. Of course, I am speaking about Halloween.

As you can see from the following pictures, my family has a great deal of fun on Halloween. Frisby loves wearing clothes and our little Pomeranian “Kitty” is always game for a little dress up. They love to participate in the pet parades and parties. We all love to have a good time!

Kitty as a pretty princess

Napolean Dynamite and Tina

Frisby aka Tina the Llama

Frisby the crazy sports fan and Kitty the green Monstah.

Yes, we love having a good time dressing up for holiday parties, showing off to trick or treating kids, or just taking fun photos. Halloween can be great, but it is important to be careful as well.

Rule #1: Watch those treat baskets.
One of the best things about Halloween for kids is the candy. It is important to remember, though, that some of these tasty treats can be really dangerous for pets. Chocolate is toxic to both dogs and cats. Their livers are very efficient at changing the chemicals of these delicious treats into toxins. Raisins and grapes are even more dangerous and can potentially cause kidney failure in some pets. For those of you who are more health conscious, you need to be careful as well. Even very small doses of the artificial sweetener xylitol (found in sugarless gum) can be life threatening. So be sure your furry family members cannot get into your candy bowl or the kids’ stash. Even if they do not get into something toxic, the strange new foods could also give them pretty bad upset stomachs. No one wants to clean up vomit or diarrhea on a holiday right? So make sure you and your kids keep the treats for human consumption only.

Rule #2: Do not let the cat out of the bag (or house).
My dogs are very social and love to meet people. My cats are also very social as well. That being said, we do not let them greet people at the door because we do not want any escapees during trick or treat time. It is important to be careful that your pets cannot sneak out into the night. Trust me, nothing kills the holiday fun like a lost cat or a run away dog. Also, be aware that some dogs are protective of their house or family. If your dog does not like strangers, it would be best to keep him or her in a safe room or even at a boarding facility for the night. I have two cats that would love nothing more than to dash out the door for an epic adventure. For their safety and my sanity, we keep them safe in the bedroom until the last costumed child has come and gone. Just remember a little bit of preparation can potentially save a lot of heartache. Also, it is important to make sure your pets have up to date tags and microchips just in case.

Rule #3: Costume and decoration safety
At my house, we love dressing up our dogs because they tolerate it. We would never think about trying this with our cats. Don’t dress up your pets if it will stress them, and remember “less is more.” Most animals don’t like anything on their heads or covering their eyes. If your pet gets really upset, they are better off without the clothing. Also, be careful that the costumes do not have any small parts that could be chewed or swallowed. Lastly, do not leave your pet unsupervised in costume. As far as decorations go, remember cats are very curious and some may be curious about jack o’ lanterns or other decorations. Be careful about any real candles, sharp decorations, or tinsel/ribbons.

Well, that is about it for now folks. Have fun, be safe and enjoy the next few months. If you want more information about food toxins or pet safety around the holiday, be sure to check out the ASPCA website listed below:

Happy Howliday all!

Dr. Zach W

New Prospect Veterinary Hospital in Jackson to open August 13th

We are very excited to announce that our affiliate hospital, New Prospect Veterinary Hospital will be opening on Monday, August 13th! NPVH is located at 165 S. New Prospect Rd in Jackson, next to the Wawa. You can expect the same high standards of care for your pets that we have been providing in Ocean County for over 50 years.

As a convenience to clients, your pets can be seen at either of our other two locations, Ocean County Veterinary Hospital in Lakewood and Fischer Veterinary Hospital in Toms River. All three locations will provide medical care and pharmacy needs as well as pet supplies and food. You can expect the same high standards of care for your pets that we have been providing in Ocean County for over 50 years.

Our services include:
■Wellness Examinations and Vaccinations
■Treatment for Illness and Urgent Care
■Senior Pet Care
■Laboratory and Diagnostic Testing
■Parasite Control
■Nutritional Counseling and Pet Foods
■Prescription Medications
■Pet Supplies

In conjunction with Ocean County Veterinary Hospital, we also offer:
■Exotic Pet Care
■Ultrasound and Endoscopy
■Boarding and Grooming

Our goal at all three locations is to provide outstanding care for pets and personalized client service!

Welcome Dr. Kara Ruthberg!

Ocean County Veterinary Hospital and its affiliate, Fischer Veterinary Hospital, are excited to welcome Dr. Kara Ruthberg as an associate veterinarian to its staff.

Dr. Kara Ruthberg graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at Glasgow University, Scotland, in June 2012. She earned her undergraduate degree from Boston University College of Arts and Sciences in 2008.

Dr. Ruthberg has strong interests in cardiology, neurology, and a particular passion for avian and reptile medicine. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Ruthberg enjoys Mediterranean cooking, traveling, and spending time with her very loud Sun Conure, Lucy, who loves to talk.

OCVH and FVH Welcome Dr. Jenna Gatsch

Ocean County Veterinary Hospital and its affiliate, Fischer Veterinary Hospital, are excited to welcome Dr. Jenna Gatsch as an associate veterinarian to its staff.

Dr. Jenna Gatsch graduated from Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Massachusetts, in 2012, after receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, in 2008. She worked as a veterinary technician at OCVH for many summers during her and undergraduate and veterinary school years and was eager to return as an associate doctor.

Dr. Gatsch is a native of the New Jersey, growing up in nearby Toms River. She shares her home with 2 cats, Charlie and Cameron, and an energetic Lab named Sammy. In her free time, Dr. Gatsch enjoys reading, cooking, running, and spending time with family and friends.

Welcome Back Dr. Lorri Mitchell!

The doctors and staff at OCVH and FVH are excited to welcome back Dr. Lorri Mitchell. Dr. Mitchell will be returning in June after 4 years of practicing small animal medicine in Yorktown, VA. She is a 1997 graduate of the Atlantic Veterinary College at The University of Prince Edward Island. Upon graduation she joined OCVH where she was an associate veterinarian until 2007. Dr. Mitchell enjoys internal medicine, soft tissue surgery and has proficiency in ultrasound. As a transplanted Canadian, she enjoyed her 4 years in the beautiful south and is now excited to return to Jersey Shore living and seeing familiar patients and meeting new ones. In her spare time she is mom to twin boys, 2 cats, 2 Russian Dwarf hamsters and a rabbit.