Mel grew up on a farm in a small town in the thumb of Michigan. Growing up with cats, dogs, and horses in a community with very limited veterinary care fueled her passion to pursue veterinary medicine. She attended college at Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, MI in 2010 and moved to the Roaring Fork Valley to attend Colorado Mountain College’s Veterinary Technology program in the fall of 2011. She graduated in 2014 with national honors and joined the Willits Vet team in the spring of 2015. She loves every aspect of her job, with CT being one of her favorites. Outdoorsy, she enjoys hiking Colorado’s 14ers, rock climbing, skiing, backpacking with her Lucky Day Rescue dog Dude, hitting the trails with her horse Lulu, and enjoying the lifestyle that Colorado offers.