Dr. Topliff was born and raised in San Francisco, California. Her undergraduate studies were in Music and Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior at UCLA and UC Davis. After college, she worked as a small animal receptionist and technician for 6 years before going to veterinary school at Tufts University in Massachusetts. As a veterinarian, she was a livestock intern at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where she stayed to complete vaccine research and a clinical masters thesis in collaboration with the USDA's National Wildlife Research Center. She then worked as a small animal and exotics private practice veterinarian for 5 years in Wyoming and Colorado prior to joining Southside Place Animal Hospital. Her special interests in surgery, infectious disease, endocrinology, and chronic pain management have also lead her to earn a certificate with CuraCore - medical acupuncture for veterinarians. In her free time, she enjoys running, live music, hiking, swimming, cooking, and traveling with her partner, daughter, and friends.