Dr. Parish was born in Nashville, TN but her family moved to Wilmington when she was just 6 weeks old, so she considers herself a native. After graduating from New Hanover High, she moved to California to pursue her dream in photography. UNCW brought her back to Wilmington for a year before she transferred to UNC where she graduated with a BA in Art History.
While working at an art gallery in Chicago, she had an epiphany. She realized that she loves animals and she wanted to dedicate her life to helping animals - there is an interesting story about a horse associated with this life changing decision, you should ask her about it. She quit working at the gallery and started working in the kennel at an animal hospital in Chicago. A short time later, she started taking pre-veterinary courses. She transferred to NC State and applied to Vet school. Dr. Parish graduated from NC State in 2006 and has been working at Atlantic Animal Hospital ever since.