I am building a career wherein my interdisciplinary background provides novel approaches to understand the mechanisms that underlie chronic pain and nerve dysfunction. My lab examines uses a wide range of cutting-edge neuroscience techniques and comparative histopathology to understand how your sense of touch and your sense of pain are interrelated and how they dysfunction in the face of disease. We combine mouse models of human disease with comparative studies in other species to understand how disease alters our peripheral nervous system and discover what that can teach us about both human and animal patients with complex diseases. We also pursue collaborative projects that examine skin innervation and lower urogenital tract disease. As a clinician-scientist, I also share my love for the nervous system through teaching and patient-oriented service as a board-certified veterinary pathologist. I also enjoy mentorship activities aimed at increasing the retention of women and under-represented minorities in the fields of science, technology, and mathematics.