Dr. Pacheco grew up in the smallest town in the smallest state of Rhode Island. Her parents were born in Portugal, and she is 100% Portuguese. She grew up with many cats and dogs and knew she wanted to be a veterinarian when she was 12 years old. She was a biology major and natural history minor at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She completed her veterinary degree at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. After veterinary school she completed a small animal specialty rotating internship at VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Center in Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Pacheco then moved to California to practice at Conejo Valley Veterinary hospital where she worked on dogs, cats, and exotics. She later completed an all exotics internship at Stahl Exotic Animal Veterinary Services in Fairfax, Virginia.
Her professional interests include wildlife conservation and saving species from extinction. Her favorite animal is the orca. Dr. Pacheco has two dogs, Odin, an Australian shepherd, and Carochinha aka "Chingy" or "Tiny", a chihuahua/yorkshire terrier mix. She enjoys soccer, hiking, singing, dancing, traveling, and any outdoor activities. She is new to the pacific northwest and is already in love with it.