Dr. Akerman is originally from the Midwest. She grew up in South Dakota, then attended college and played volleyball at the University of Minnesota. She moved out to Oregon about 12 years ago and attended OSU to attain her DVM degree. This is her second career as she was previously a counselor for youth with addiction issues. “I find the deductive reasoning and relationship skills I gained in my first career continue to assist me in collaborating with owners to provide the best care for their pets today." She is passionate about treating pets with dermatology challenges, has a strong interest in dentistry and surgery. "There is nothing like helping an animal to stop licking incessantly and find sweet, itch-free relief." The most rewarding part of her job is working with people that love their pets and wish, simply, for a little guidance to make their animal-human bond extra special.