Cindy Bell is from a small Midwest town where she was influenced at an early age by a large rowdy family and her father’s herd of barn cats.  Cindy made her way to veterinary medicine after forgoing plans for medical school, a brief career in engineering, and having made a happy but impoverished living as a farm hand.  She discovered pathology early in veterinary school and immediately recognized that it was the shoe that fit Cinderella.  She pursued many aspects of veterinary pathology but eventually found her niche in oral and dental pathology under the mentorship of Dick Dubielzig at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  In 2012, she cofounded the Center for Comparative Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at UW-Madison then moved on to Kansas State University as Associate professor.  In 2019, Cindy relocated to her hometown, created Specialty Oral Pathology for Animals (SOPA), and has since been serving her clientele of veterinary dentists as an independent pathologist.  She has coauthored the first textbook on Veterinary Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and she is passionate about using case material to advance our understanding of oral disease in animals.