Can you imagine a life without pets? Our pets bring us so much joy and enrichment. Life wouldn't be quite the same without them. Although pets quickly become cherished members of the family, they ...View Article
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Starting in May 2016, Dr Fernandez is back seeing patients 3 days per week!
Born in a small town near Scranton PA and moved to L.A. with family at age 13, so essentially I'm a CA girl now with east coast quirks. For schooling I attended SMC, then UCLA undergrad - majored in bio with pre-vet focus; then Cornell vet school. During undergrad I did bird banding in the SM Mts and at UCLA a research project on the stress effects of human traffic on wild birds in the SM and L.A. Mts.
During vet school I did a research project in Cape Cod on the effects of an oil spill on terns colonies. Though it was not consciously my intent to focus on birds, I do find wild birds in their native habitat extremely interesting and they have become very close to my heart. I do not, however, have much experience with captive birds. Though I am willing to learn, at this time I usually refer them to exotic specialists. I still enjoy bird watching and am seriously considering starting a life list of birds seen and possibly beginning to travel to seek out different species.
Hobbies I love are hiking, camping, sewing, book club, brunch club, trying to keep up with my son (even though he is now a teen and too cool to hang out with his mom), visiting friends and family, travel. My son and I have also enjoyed Sequoia, Yosemite, Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics and other small excursions.