Dr. Dern is originally from Colorado and Montana. She attended Washington State University for her undergraduate work and Colorado State University for her veterinary degree. Following graduation from California State University in 2012, she completed an internship at Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital in Ocala, followed by an internship at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. Following her internships, Dr. Dern completed a three-year surgical residency at The Ohio State University while earning a Master’s of Science degree. She became board certified in equine surgery in 2018 and joined our Lexington location in 2019.