Dr. Dykstra grew up in rural area and and served in the Army prior to graduating from veterinary school in 2003. She completed a Fellowship in Shelter Medicine at UC Davis, earned a Masters in Public Health at the University of Tennessee, and is a board certified specialist in shelter medicine practice. Dr. D moved to Tennessee in 2014 to teach at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, where she became increasingly aware of the problems associated with the lack of access to affordable, high quality veterinary care in East Tennessee. The Gentle Doctor is the product of two years of work and research into finding a way to bring affordable care to more Tennessee families. Dr. Dykstra works hard to help her patients while at the clinic, but is also protective of her time with her husband, three children, two dogs, two cats, and two guinea pigs so she does not see emergency appointments. Her husband, Matthew, is a Knox County Middle School Teacher and occasional receptionist at the clinic.