Dr. Dean is a local native born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She went to undergraduate school at UC Davis where she received a bachelor’s degree in animal science, management, and film studies with a minor in international relations. She graduated from veterinary school at Michigan State University after which she did a rotating small animal internship in Washington, DC, and a primary care and diagnostic imaging internship at Michigan State. Before becoming a veterinarian, Dr. Dean paid her way through school by working as a veterinary technician, after-hours hospital assistant, and a herd manager at the school dairy farm. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, and spending time with her nieces and nephews.