Dr. Backus is from Sewickley, PA. She went to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio for undergrad (Major in Biology, Minor in Music), and obtained her DVM degree from The Ohio State University in 2016. After graduating she completed a rotating internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in 2017, after which she pursued her interest in avian and exotic medicine at a specialized internship at the Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine in Bothell, WA. Dr. Backus has an African Grey Parrot named Lawrence (that she raised from a baby), a corn snake named Bellatrix, one cat named Harley and a Greyhound named Lily. Her hobbies include playing the piano, reading, playing video games, hiking, biking and drawing.
She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV), the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV).