Carolyn was born in St Louis, but moved to Las Vegas as a child. Even at a young age, she was drawn to animals and dreamed of working with them when she grew up. In 1997, while obtaining her Bachelors degree in Psychology from UNLV, Carolyn started working as a kennel attendant at a local veterinary hospital. After graduation, she was promoted to a Veterinary Assistant, learning the ins and outs of the veterinary world. After a few years as an assistant, she decided she wanted to go to school to acquire her license as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She earned her degree from the College of Southern Nevada, then sat for and passed her national boards exam in 2005. In 2012, Carolyn decided she wanted to move back to St. Louis, and began the process of attaining a license in Missouri. She was very excited when she was offered a position at Hillside in 2014.
While enjoying the medical aspects of her job, Carolyn has always been passionate about animal behavior. She earned her Fear Free Level 3 Certification in 2018, and assisted in getting the practice Fear Free Certified. Throughout the year, she attends various conferences and meetings on the topic of behavior and plans on obtaining more certifications in the future. She loves helping our clients understand how their pets think and feel in order to keep them happy and healthy.
Currently Carolyn shares her home with two cats, Max and Gracie. Both of which were rescues from her years in the veterinary business. In her spare time she is an avid reader, activist, bargain hunter, and dreams of travelling the world. Her favorite animal is an elephant. She has adopted and sponsored several from The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and hopes to visit their compound in Africa someday.