For more than thirty-five years I have been deceived and devoured by the diabolical voice of anorexia nervosa and several crippling illnesses. However, in spite of these hurdles I have lived a life full of adventure, accomplishment and spiritual growth. I spent the first twenty years of my working life performing as an actor all over the country. After graduating from the Juilliard School of Drama I enjoyed the good fortune of being a member of John Houseman's Acting Company, touring more than eighty U.S. cities in the course of a year. I also performed at Joseph Papp's Public Theatre in New York, The Eugene O'Neill Playwright's Conference in Connecticut, The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival and The Fulton Opera House in Pennsylvania. I had guest appearances on sitcoms such as "Ellen," and "Diagnosis Murder," as well as some national commercials and independent films. When anorexia robbed me of my good health, I had to retire from the acting industry. Inspired by the love I had for my dog Gus, I explored career options that involved animals, which led me to Los Angeles Zoo where I coordinate volunteers and write a weekly newsletter called "ZOONOOZ."