Debra Bergstrom received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1985 from University of Texas, graduating as the class Valedictorian. She completed her Master of Science in Critical Care in 1992, from Arizona State University, where she was chosen as the Outstanding Masters Graduate. She completed Post-Graduate Nurse Practitioner Certification from Arizona State University in 1995. She has published multiple articles in professional journals. She has also served as associate clinical faculty and preceptor for Nurse Practitioner students, from Arizona State University College of Nursing, University of Arizona College of Nursing, Grand Canyon University and University of Phoenix School of Nursing. For 20 years, her clinical practice focused on critical care medicine, internal medicine and outpatient adult medicine. In 2009, she sold her practice and joined Arizona Dermatology, where she was trained in general, cosmetic and surgical dermatology.