Dr. Gardiner graduated from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She worked at a local shelter as well as private practice prior to joining Banfield in 2008. Dr. Gardiner is originally from Japan and after spending many years in Minnesota, it is her second home. She currently lives in St. Paul with her family, miniature dachshund, Abby, and several cats. All of her pets are rescued and enjoying their second lives. Dr. Gardiner's passion of preventive medicine comes from her experiences working in the shelter. When she is not working at the hospital, she enjoys time with her family, friends, and beloved animals. She also enjoys her vacation time in Japan visiting family and friends.