I’m Melissa and I’ll tell you a secret—I wasn’t one of those kids who grew up always wanting to be a vet (Shock! Gasp!). At ten, I wanted to be a killer whale trainer, at thirteen I wanted to be a movie star, at sixteen, I finally thought it might be pretty awesome to be the vet for Kentucky Derby race horses and the US Equestrian Team. Can you tell I was raised in southern California?

Well, I’m happy to report that absolutely NONE of those things came true! And thank God for that!

What did become my reality is pretty stinking fantastic! I ventured to Kansas for college, and never left! I spent seven years in Manhattan (the little apple) at Kansas State University. It was there that I met my husband, Kurt (also a veterinarian), and quickly realized that “performance sport horse doctor” wasn’t really a title I still craved. It’s amazing how quickly this city girl adapted to small-town living. There really is no place like home.

We live in the rural Midwest and own a busy mixed-animal practice (just please don’t ask me to work on a cow—that makes me grumpy).

We have three amazing kids who are a source of constant adventure! The hobbies I used to enjoy (let’s face it, with three busy kids and owning a practice, hobbies are few and far between) are running, gardening, reading (for fun), and crossword puzzles. At the time of this post we have one dog, two obese guinea pigs and two cats (the cat population is constant flux).

One thing I’ve discovered I truly love is—this. Writing, podcasting, creating community. Like so many others in the veterinary profession I’ve felt the pressures of burn-out and compassion fatigue. I’ve found myself stuck in the darkness of trying to be everything to everyone, and in the end, feeling like I’m never enough for anyone.

I want to share the entire messiness of my story, because I feel like it’s not just mine. So many others have the same one. We all live our lives in beautiful chaos and THAT’S OK. My hope is that we can embrace our imperfections and turn our tears in to laughter. I want you to know that you are not alone. The DVM Divas got your back! We hope you’ll have as much fun on this journey as we do!

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