Dr. Eastman grew up in Miami, FL, and was drawn to helping animals from an early age – saving stray dogs, cats and even a rabbit. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences in 2006 and a Master of Science degree in Management in 2007 from the University of Florida before graduating from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Despite having a severe needle anxiety and being allergic to cats, she worked as a veterinary technician as an undergraduate all the way through the end of veterinary school. Also as an undergraduate, she worked in the Animal Science research department taking readings and documenting results on the effects body temperature has on milk production in dairy cattle.
Dr. Eastman joined the Lake Emma team as a relief veterinarian in 2018 and became an associate veterinarian in March 2023. Having been a relief vet, she is looking forward to bonding with and building long-term relationships with clients and patients and, as a hound dog enthusiast (especially beagles), loving on as many hound dogs as possible!
She and her husband Christian and their three small children share their home with two bluetick coonhound/beagle mixes, Dax and Lucy, litter mates who joined the family as COVID puppies. They destroyed the back yard, so the grass has since been replaced with artificial turf. They are joined by a Tuxedo cat named Gustavo who was a bottle-fed rescue at Dr. Eastman’s first job as a veterinarian. He quickly became a foster failure, and he thinks he’s one of the dogs, growling at the door, begging for food and sleeping in the dog pile.
Dr. Eastman enjoys spending her free time with her family visiting theme parks, local festivals and farms, sporting events or exploring local restaurants. She also loves dancing, baking, traveling, and reading but doesn’t get to do those things as often as she would like to!