Lisa Fortier has been practicing as a large animal orthopedic surgeon since 1991, and is one of the pioneers of regenerative medicine. She received her DVM from Colorado State University. She continued her training with an internship and residency in large animal surgery at Illinois Equine Hospital in Naperville, Illinois. She also completed a doctorate degree in 1998 at Cornell University. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.