Originally from southern California, Dr. Cindy Cherness discovered her love for animals while growing up in a home that always had pets. Dr. Cherness earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University, where she also pitched for the softball team. After her undergraduate program, Dr. Cherness participated in many zoo and wildlife sanctuary internships, where she applied her expertise in Animal Behavior. Dr. Cherness trained a variety of animals using fear-free methods and positive reinforcement in order to minimize the animal’s stress and achieve cooperation during examinations. Dr. Cherness then continued her education at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ where she earned her Doctorate’s degree in Veterinary Medicine. During her doctorate’s program, Dr. Cherness was also the Vice President of both the Animal Behavior Club and Pride Student Veterinary Medical Community. She is Fear Free Certified and has a special interest in providing comfortable visits for our feline friends. Dr. Cherness has two cats at home, Korra and Bumi. In her free time, she enjoys running half marathons and reading. Among her favorite books are The Night Circus and anything written by Neil Gaiman.