Dr. Birkeland joined Banfield in May of 2017. She is a Twin Cities native, where she grew up always enjoying camping, dancing for the last 20 years, playing the violin, and snowboarding. She graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017 where she emphasized her studies in small and companion animals. She earned an animal science degree from Iowa State University in 2013. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, hanging out with friends and family, and outdoor activities like camping, hiking, and kayaking.