Dr. Darcy Hoyt spent her early years in the Boston suburb of Natick, Massachusetts and moved to Woodstock, Vermont at age 13. After graduating from high school, she returned to Massachusetts to receive her Bachelors of Arts in Biological Sciences from Wellesley College in 1999, and later, her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University in 2004. She received her training in veterinary acupuncture and Chinese and Western herbal medicine during her final year of veterinary school at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She received her certification in veterinary acupuncture (CVA) from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) in 2005. After moving to Portland, in 2004 with her now husband, Dr. Ross Weinstein (also a veterinarian) and their 4 cats, they rapidly expanded their family to include a Black Labrador Retriever, an Eastern Box Turtle, 4 chickens, and a little girl and boy of the human variety.