Dr. Kivisto joined Banfield in February of 2017. A Minnesota native, Dr. Kivisto grew up in a small town in northern Minnesota where hunting, fishing, camping and skating at the local outdoor rink were how one spent their childhood. He started his journey to the southern part of the state with a four year stop at the University of Minnesota, Duluth for his undergraduate work in biology. Continuing the journey south, he attending the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine where he graduated in 1997. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with his two kids, watching the Minnesota Wild, reading science fiction books, outdoor activities of almost any kind, and attempting to play the guitar.