Dr. Gossom grew up as a 7th generation San Juan Islander. She graduated from Western Washington University with B.S. degree in environmental science and a DVM degree from Washington State University. Her hobbies include hiking, being on the water in all capacities, paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing, and fishing. She also enjoys gardening with the help of her cats, Kazi and Tuuli, and running or playing fetch with her mixed breed dog, Kaia.