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 veterinary hospital. After graduation, she was promoted to a Veterinary Assistant, learning the ins and outs of the veterinary world. Eventually, 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 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 she enjoys the medical aspects of her job, Carolyn has always been passionate about animal behavior. She earned her Fear Free Elite Level Certification in 2020, Low Stress Handling Silver Certification in 2019, as well as assisted in getting the practice Fear Free Certified. Throughout the year, she attends various conferences and meetings focused 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.
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.