Natalie grew up in Chester, Virginia, a small-town south of Richmond. Her home was always bustling with affectionate cats and energetic dogs, for as long as she can remember.
She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Following graduation, she worked as a field researcher, energy coordinator, and a veterinary assistant at local clinics and animal rescues. In 2012, she completed her Masters in Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. She continued her education at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in West Lafayette, Indiana. While there she was involved in multiple academic and philanthropic organizations.
After graduating from Purdue in 2016, she moved back to Colorado with her fiancé and goofball kitty, Milo. Milo has been a notoriously "difficult" cat at the vet, and his struggles have motivated her to work at a clinic that shares her values of low-stress feline handling. She can relate to all the cat owners that get just as stressed as their feline companions when thinking about going to the vet.
Her special interests include: all things cat (low-stress feline medicine), dentistry, anesthesia/analgesia, and client education. She believes the backbone of a great veterinarian is quality client education.
Outside of veterinary medicine, she LOVES the outdoors. Specifically, she enjoys backpacking, running, tubing, rafting, climbing, and crocheting. She recently went on a two-week excursion hiking the Andes in Peru.