Dr. VanDerWouden grew up locally in San Diego, CA. She developed a love for horses at a young age while spending time with her grandfather who trained thoroughbreds on the Southern California Racing Circuit. She obtained her Bachelors in Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and worked as a veterinary technician at Helen Woodward's Equine Hospital prior to attending veterinary school. After graduating from Veterinary School at Western University, she immediately began a yearlong mentorship program with Dr. Vazquez at Equine Surgical Services. She has since stayed on as an associate veterinarian and although she enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, she loves sports medicine, preventative health, and performing acupuncture on her large and small animal patients.
When she is not working, Dr. VanDerWouden enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and son.