Heather graduated with honours from the University of Minnesota in 1999. She then focused on her equine interest through an internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph Canada. During her residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota, she developed a keen interest in equine ophthalmology that lead to her Master’s degree in comparative ophthalmology with an emphasis in factors influencing the development of uveitis in the Appaloosa horse. This then lead to a residency in Comparative Ophthalmology in Chicago. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.
Prior to relocating to Australia, Heather practiced veterinary ophthalmology for 13 years with Eye Care for Animals in multiple locations in the United States. While with Eye Care for Animals, she served as chairperson of their residency training program and is currently on the examination committee for the American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ABVO). Her practice here in Melbourne will be limited to Veterinary Ophthalmology utilizing her medicine background as it applies to the more complex cases of ophthalmic manifestations of systemic disease
Heather has a gorgeous Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Piper who didn’t complain about the trip from Minnesota or her stay in Australian quarantine. She enjoys travel and hiking with her partner Brian and of course Piper.