Another Florida native, Leigh was born and raised in Northeast Florida and graduated from the University of North Florida with a B.S. in Chemistry. She served two years as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer teaching high school in Papua New Guinea and then a year as an ESL instructor at a private academy in Fukui Prefecture in Japan. After she moved back to the United States, she worked for 18 years as a chemist at a precious metals refinery.
While living in the Pacific Northwest, she had lots of animal companions – four dogs, a guinea pig and 28 koi fish. After her golden retriever, Roark, passed at the age of 14, she and her husband traveled cross country in an RV for a year and a half before settling in Coconut Grove and studying to become a nurse. She isn’t in a position right now to have animals herself, but her love for animals makes Equipaws the perfect opportunity for her to vicariously love on your pet and joyfully treat them as if they were her own!