Kira Bersanti, grew up in Butte, Montana. She graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. While a student there she participated in their rural track program and participated in a Department of Family Medicine research project on the provision of maternity care by rural Family Physicians. She also worked at a clinic serving children of single and underserved parents and as project leader teaching dog training and care with a local 4-H community program. During college at MSU, she was a volunteer with an international service learning group in Bozeman, working in clinics in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Belize.