Summer is an Army veteran who grew up in the military. She served four years on active duty in Germany and four years in the Colorado Army National Guard. She obtained both her BSN and MSN at Colorado State University. She is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She began her healthcare career at the Mayo Clinic where she was a Nurse Practitioner with Hospital Internal Medicine caring for patients hospitalized due to complications related to their cancer. While at the Mayo Clinic, she achieved both the bronze and silver quality awards for her work in a quality improvement project aimed to improve communication between healthcare providers.