Originally from Kansas City, Kristen grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended Harcum College in Philadelphia. She migrated to Virginia Beach in 1998 where she met her husband and currently resides with their three sons. She enjoys long days at the beach watching her boys surf, paddle boarding, and working out, bootcamp style.

Kristen began a career in the veterinary field early in her teens and worked for numerous clinics in the Hampton Roads Metro. She spent 13 years as a Pet Salon Manager for PetSmart where she was also a Certified Grooming Instructor and a Management Trainee Instructor. Kristen ended her Pet Grooming / Veterinary career at Centerville Animal Hospital in 2017 to become a real estate professional.