Renee Leton was born in Santa Monica, California and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, the daughter of University of Hawaii professors. She graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1982, with a B.A in English and began her veterinary school education at Colorado State University immediately. In 1985, she married fellow student, Steve Robinson, and they graduated together in 1986. She completed an internship at West Los Angeles Veterinary Medical Group after working in emergency medicine for a year at Eagle Rock Emergency Pet Clinic. She delivered three children, a daughter and two sons, in quick succession between 1988 and 1992, and moved with the family to Atascadero, where they had purchased El Camino Veterinary Hospital. Her professional interests include emergency medicine, cardiology, and ultrasonography. In her free time she coaches high school volleyball, competes in league tennis, teaches Shotokan Karate and travels to watch the kids compete in collegiate soccer, football and dressage.