Dr. Surman grew up in the suburbs of Washington DC in a home full of pets and has always been passionate about caring for animals. She earned a B.S. degree in animal science from the University of Maryland and then moved to Baldwin, her husband’s home town, where she spent a year falling in love with the city of Pittsburgh. She continued her studies and finally realized her childhood dream, earning her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Surman then worked in a small animal practice in the DC area before moving back to Pittsburgh. She now lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, Aaron; two small children; and two mixed breed dogs. In her spare time, Dr. Surman enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to warm beaches, doing yoga, being outdoors, and rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers.