Marilyn is a second-year veterinary student who
plans to pursue a mixed animal practice with an emphasis on equine
medicine. She is originally from the Dallas-Ft. Worth area and
attended Texas A&M University for her undergraduate education.
In 2006 she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science with
minors in chemistry and business. Marilyn graduated with several
honors distinctions including University Scholar, Foundation
Scholar, and Honors Fellows Thesis Scholar.
Between undergraduate work and veterinary school, Marilyn spent
time working and traveling the country. She resided for several
years in New York City where she worked in finance as a junior
trader at a hedge fund. She also operated a boutique in-home pet
sitting business in Flower Mound, Texas.
Marilyn has an extensive background of philanthropy. She has
severed on the board of directors of numerous charities, including
Impact Animal Foundation (formerly Woodstock Animal Foundation of
Texas), GALLOP NYC, and Flower Mound Furry Friends Rescue. She has
also served as fundraising director and executive director for
Outside of class, Marilyn enjoys riding horses, traveling,
running, hiking, biking, and spending time with friends and family.
Marilyn is a passionate horsewoman and has ridden horses since
childhood. She has trained and competed in Hunters, Jumpers,
Dressage, and Endurance racing. She is also a PATH-certified
therapeutic horseback riding instructor. She currently owns an
Arabian mare that is in training for endurance racing and two
Marilyn initially was interested in both human and veterinary
medicine. She spent time shadowing at both types of practices and
found things she loved about each type of medicine. What solidified
her decision to pursue veterinary medicine is that it offers the
unique ability to help and enrich the lives of both humans and
Marilyn’s vet school survival tip: Form study groups with people
you get along with. DVM students spend most of their time either in
class or studying, so it’s critical to surround yourself with
people who can help you to remember to have a little fun, even when
school becomes challenging or stressful.