Dr. Bystrom grew up in Ames, Iowa where she became interested in veterinary medicine at an early age by shadowing her Veterinarian uncle every chance she could. As a child, she always had dogs and cats, but frequently took care of turtles, frogs, and bunnies that she would bring home. Dr. Bystrom attended Truman State University where she attained her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She then completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. While there, she became very interested in exotic animal medicine, which led her to Avon Lake Animal Clinic. As a new resident to Avon Lake, she brings along her Pitbull mix, Kobie and two mischievous cats, Bella and Big Mac. She is excited to be a part of the Avon Lake Animal Clinic team, and is enjoys meeting new people while exploring her new location. In her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking, playing volleyball, soccer, and basketball, keeping up on her favorite sports teams, and scrap-booking.