Dr. Brands was born in Indiana, but has been a West Coaster since 2000. He studied engineering and business at Purdue University before starting a career in retail management. It took some time before he found his true calling in life and enrolled in veterinary school at the University of Minnesota, where he earned his DVM degree. After graduation, he moved to Seattle where he worked as an associate in one practice for five years. He then made the transition to working as a relief veterinarian to create more flexibility in his schedule. That flexibility allows him to enjoy more of what he and his family love most: hiking, camping and globetrotting. Dr. Brands lives in Ballard with his wife, two young (and crazy) boys, plus their dog (Rumi) and cat (Rhubarb).