Sandra was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario and grew up on a busy farm in Chippewa, Ontario. She graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and Bachelor of Education. She taught elementary school French for two years in Fort Erie before deciding to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine. Sandra graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1995 and has practiced at Borderview Veterinary Hospital ever since. Sandra also serves as a veterinary instructor with the Livestock Medicines Education Program, educating farmers about the use of livestock medicines. She attends the continuing education programs of the Buffalo Academy of Veterinary Medicine and keeps up to date through provincial and international veterinary memberships. Sandra and her husband, Keith and two daughters live in Niagara Falls. Her pets include a Haflinger horse, Shetland pony, and two geriatric rabbits. She enjoys singing in her church choir, quilting, and horseback riding.