As much fun as I have with the cats, to be honest, most of them are not too excited to see me at the clinic. What is most rewarding to me are the friendships and relationships with the caretakers of the cats which I have been fortunate to develop over so many years. Seeing patients from their kittenhood through adulthood and seeing the joy that they bring to their humans is very rewarding. New beginnings are so fun and exciting and endings filled with sorrow, of course, but also with much gratitude for what cats bring to our lives. It truly is a privilege to assist in such a relationship. I have seen so many people give selflessly of time and effort to take care of their dear cats. Some folks who have given subcutaneous fluids for years or insulin injections twice daily for a decade and more.
I have been really fortunate to have worked with many amazing team members at the Cat Clinic. Most things that our human doctors do such as drawing blood, getting xrays, getting to the clinic, etc, is much more difficult when working with cats. It takes a team of dedicated people who respect and love the patients and enjoy interacting with the caretakers of the feline friends.
Something that surprises me about cats is how many problems they have with their teeth. Dental cleanings, and often dental extractions, are a very common part of our work at the Cat Clinic. It is very rewarding when we can take a painful and diseased mouth and help our patient feel so much better with appropriate dental care.
In my free time I really love to travel. I have family and friendship connections with Sweden and enjoy the culture and language of my ancestors. I like to hike and boat and be outdoors. I enjoy learning about and trying different types of wine. I really enjoy the amazing restaurants of our great city of Chicago.