Dr. Matilyn Shields, who was born and raised in the Virginia Beach area, attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she received a Bachelors of Science in Biology. While in Richmond, VA, she developed an interest in veterinary medicine through support work at a local non-profit veterinary hospital. This interest grew into a passion as she performed wildlife advocacy work and research in Southeast Asia. Dr. Shields then attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, completed her clinical year at Louisiana State University, and upon graduation, relocated to Rhode Island. She has occupational interests in Preventive and Integrative Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Diagnostic Imaging. Dr. Shields currently lives in Newport with her partner, Ford, and their cat, Shrimp.