Upon graduating from the Median School of Allied Health Careers (now, the Vet Tech Institute of Pittsburgh) with an Associates in Specialized Technology in 2005, Nikki returned to her native Lancaster, passing the state boards the same year. Starting at Willow Run in 2008 her interests on the topics of nutrition and behavior have grown over the years and she hopes to pursue specialty certification in the near future. She currently shares her home with a very patient husband and their 10 adopted (and let's be honest, mostly broken) fur-kids: Layla and Geno, senior citizen mutts, Bonino, a saucey kitty, who acts like one of the dogs, 6 ferrets, and a guinea pig). Free time is spent with family and friends, walking/hiking with the dogs, watching hockey (Go Pens!), reading, or enjoying some form of lighthearted merriment on television.