Dr. Petra was born on a small island in coastal British Columbia, Canada, and enjoys travel. She graduated from veterinary school in University of Melbourne, Australia after completing an undergraduate degree in marine biology at University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master's of Zoology at University of British Columbia. Her areas of interest are helping people travel with their animals, preventive medicine and nutrition, holistic care, internal medicine, feline endocrinology and gastroenterology and pet emergency preparedness. She loves the Monterey Bay area and lives in Santa Cruz by the Yacht Harbor with her two cats, Cinnamon the pirate legged tortie, and Beans, the orange tabby. In her spare time she rides her bicycle, takes many photographs, kayaks, scuba dives, and is the Santa Cruz County Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator, a Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Steward for Save Our Shores, and the supervisor for a volunteer crew who rescues and treats animals for The Marine Mammal Center.