Dr. Alwen was born in London, England but has lived all over the world, including in Austria, France, Egypt, Brazil, and South Africa. She was recruited for a swimming scholarship at the University of Notre Dame where she completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. Following graduation, Dr. Alwen moved to South Africa where she completed a Master’s in Conservation Biology.
After her time in South Africa, Dr. Alwen returned to the U.S. to complete a DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) degree at the University of California Davis, the top ranked veterinary school in the world where she graduated with highest honors and ranked in the top of her class. During her veterinary school career, she obtained a number of awards/scholarships related to business management and communications. She subsequently completed a small animal rotating internship at one of the most highly respected and successful veterinary-owned specialty animal hospitals in the Los Angeles, Fernando Valley, and South Bay area.
In addition to her veterinary experience, Dr. Alwen has years of experience functioning as an associate director within the advertising field within top ranked global agencies including Ogilvy and Mather Worldwide and Goodby, Silverstein, and Partners. During this time, Dr. Alwen worked on large brands including Lenovo, DuPont, SaraLee, Nickelodeon, Adobe, and more. She successfully managed large multi-disciplinary teams to generate several multi-million dollar campaigns, rapidly rising from assistant media planner to associate media director.
Dr. Alwen is dedicated to her family, with her husband and three children. Dr. Alwen speaks French, German, and Portuguese and welcomes any opportunity for travel, exploring hole-in-the wall restaurants, and anything involving water sports. As you might expect of someone who loves animals, her home is filled with “furry kids.”