Dr. Debra L Smith-Reed grew up in Southwestern Wisconsin and currently resides in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. She received an undergraduate degree in Animal Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a DVM degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Smith-Reed worked as a mixed animal veterinarian for nine years, before switching to all small animal. She practiced at a few clinics in southwestern Wisconsin, did relief work, and also enjoyed being involved in shelter medicine.

Outside of work, Dr. Smith-Reed enjoys reading, photography, arts, occasional crafting projects, and getting together with family and friends. She also cares for two cats and a dog.