Dr. Hartson came to the veterinary field via a more winding path than most. She grew up in Fargo, ND with a menagerie of animals and studied sociology at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. She then switched coasts to work in television in California for 6 years before going back to school to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian. She graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020 and is so excited to join the team at Scenic Hills. She lives in St. Paul with her boyfriend and their two dogs, three cats, 2 guinea pigs, and ball python and they plan to add some chickens to the brood in the near future. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with the dogs (can’t seem to get the cats on board with hiking), baking, binging true crime shows, reading, and knitting.