Kaitlin Gist graduated with honors from the dental Hygiene School at Shasta College in Redding on May 23, 2014. She also received the prestigious "Clinician of the Year" award.

Kaitlin is a 2009 graduate of Del Norte High School, and in 2001 she received an Associate of Science degree in applied health from Shasta College. Kaitlin is the daughter of Wade and Melissa Gist of Crescent City.