Michelle was born and raised in San Diego. After graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from U.C. Davis in 1988. She spent three years in Australia working in a hospital specializing in dermatology and exotic animals and returned to the United States in 1991. Dr. Mason is a member of the San Diego County Veterinary medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. She lives in San Diego with her husband, two daughters, a Labrador retriever mix, two cats and three chickens. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, camping and skiing in her spare time.