Kristen graduated from Western Michigan University in 2008 with a Master of Science in Medicine. She then went on to complete a postgraduate residency training program in general surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in association with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY. Kristen has spent most of her career working in neurological surgery, with an additional 2 years spent working in psychiatry. She has practiced in New York and Illinois before recently relocating with her family to Memphis. When not at work she enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, playing music, and sewing.