Barb is originally from Lowell, MA. She earned her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
She attended veterinary school at The University of Florida, graduating in 2015 with her DVM and Certificate in Aquatic Animal Medicine. She then completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA, and a Veterinary Fellowship at the Vancouver Aquarium in British Columbia, Canada. She joined the NMMF as Post-Doctoral Veterinary Fellow in 2017 and was subsequently hired as a staff veterinarian in 2018. In addition to caring for the Navy’s marine mammals, she has worked with the conservation medicine team to examine the cardiotoxic effects of oil on dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico as part of CARMMHA. She previously spent two summers with the NMMF & Navy Marine Mammal Program, as a training intern (“yellow hat”) in 2009 and a veterinary extern in 2013. She has one dog, Koko, a black lab mix, and enjoys paddleboarding and skiing in her free time.