After leaving Grand Rapids as a child, Dr. Francis is excited to return to the area to do what she loves! She realized her calling for helping animals by volunteering at an animal shelter while she was studying early childhood education at Ohio University. She scrambled to change her major in her junior year, and graduated with a degree in Biology. She continued her education at the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where she also worked as an assistant in the intensive care unit and with the emergency medicine team. Dr. Francis loves spending time with her two greyhounds, her Maltese, and her two orange cats. When she’s not at AEH, you can find her getting lost in the woods, hanging around at the beach, around town looking for new beer and tasty treats, or at home reading or baking.