“It is our choices that show us what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” –Albus Dumbledore
Ten years ago, if you had asked me what my life would look like now, the only thing I would have said correctly is veterinary school. The only thing I was ever certain about, since I was old enough to comprehend what a vet is, was that I would be one. Beyond that, everything that has happened to me since has been an unexpected surprise in a compounding chain of events that has gotten me to where I am now.
I never would have thought I would care about fitness and lifting. There was no concept of CrossFit, Olympic Weightlifting, women’s physique, or even running at that time. There was also no concept of cows, and cows are a big deal. As I have progressed through my college education, I have also evolved in my fitness goals and diversified my experiences. I have coached CrossFit, competed on a national platform in Olympic Weightlifting, and been sponge painted brown in a $500 bikini suit to flex my muscles on stage. My goals are constantly changing and my interests always growing.
My interest in veterinary medicine is food animal medicine. My goals are to combat the myriad of false information and scare tactics surrounding modern day food supply, food animal management practices, GMOs, and organically raised animals. As I have emerged myself in the fitness world, every sport and interest seems to have its best diet and nutritional advice. From paleo, to bro-food, to intermittent fasting, to IIFYM, someone always will advocate that their way is the best way and with that, an opinion on food production. I have developed an interest in nutrition by integrating my experiences in the fitness world with my education in food animal medicine and production.
Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture with a double major in Animal Science and Dairy Science, magna cum laude, The University of Georgia, 2014
Doctoral Candidate, Class of 2018, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine
Other credentials and certifications
CrossFit Level 1
1st Place 2015 Georgia Championships Overall Women’s Physique
Nationally qualified NPC women’s physique competitor
Bench: 185 pounds
Squat: 275 pounds
Deadlift: 290 pounds
Snatch: 143 pounds
Clean and jerk: 176 pounds
Power clean: 168 pounds
Strict press: 115 pounds
1 mile: 7.00 min