Kirsten grew up in San Jose, CA and has always loved animals from a young age. Interested in all aspects of life sciences, she went to UC Davis to study biology, exploring her interest in veterinary medicine along the way. She graduated in 2021 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a minor in Global Disease Biology, and she is excited to work further towards becoming a veterinarian. In her free time, she enjoys discovering new music, playing piano and guitar, reading, hiking, and spending time with friends, family, and, of course, her dog Kuro.