Carmen was born and raised in South Dakota. She grew up on a farm around all different types of animals, which gave her the inspiration to become a technician. She attended Elk Point-Jefferson and graduated high school in 2009. She attended Globe University in Sioux Falls, SD and received her associates degree in Veterinary Technology in 2011. She lives with her husband David, a Pug named Leo, a Boxer named Jett and a French Bulldog named Frank.