Dr. Hicks grew up in Gig Harbor, Washington. Her childhood passion for veterinary medicine led to her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University in 2008. Dr. Hicks aims to help cats and their families lead harmonious, healthy lives. She has years of experience in fostering medically fragile and feral kitties through a local rescue, Kindred Souls Foundation. She is an active member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care. She is passionate about helping cats around the world through partnerships to provide medical care with SOS Dubrovnik Cats in Croatia and serving as a medical advisor for House of Cats Ernesto in Syria. Her passion for cats and their unique needs led her to establish Fidalgo Feline in 2017 while living in Anacortes. She and her husband, Eric, returned to Gig Harbor in 2020 and are proud pet parents of 4 cats (Toby, Yumi, Doppler, and Jack Attack). Away from the office, she enjoys birdwatching, hosting dinner parties, and geeking out at Comicon and the Renaissance Faire.