A native Floridian, Ashton was born and raised in Lake City. She received a bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern College in biology, with a specialty in marine biology. She grew up watching Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel instead of cartoons, and her family encouraged her to pursue her dreams of a career in the animal care field. She has always had a passion for animals, and Steve Irwin and Sir David Attenborough were her role models. She has been in the veterinary medicine field since 2020 and learns something new every day. In her free time, she enjoys playing video games with friends, reading, writing, drawing and occasionally getting dressed up to go out to brunch.