Dr. Paiva went to veterinary school in Brazil and graduated in 1978. She moved to America in 1998 and attended Cornell University College of Veterinary where she got licensed to practice in the USA. She has 2 cats and one bunny and has many hobbies including playing the cello, taking French lessons, and bird watching. Out of all of Dr. Paiva's hobbies, her favorite is to travel around the world to see wildlife and experience new cultures. Dr. Paiva speaks fluent Spanish, Portuguese, and like stated above she is working on French.