After growing up in Tucson and Corpus Christi, TX, Katie has returned to the area and joined Valley Verde Veterinarians in August of 2021. She served as a fireman in the United States Coast Guard and then completed the Veterinary Assistant Program at Pima Medical Institute in Seattle, WA. While working as a veterinary assistant in Washington, she took care of dogs, cats, and even exotic pets like snakes and birds. She was also involved in rehabilitation of pets after surgery or injury. She loves the combination of science and animals in the veterinary field and loves helping people. She enjoys meeting new pets, their owners, and learning something new in her job every day. She plays the guitar, is a Star Wars enthusiast and spends her free time with her fiancé and her dog Sissy.