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Pets need healthcare, too. Our “Get Well Wednesday” segment this week features Dr. Debbye Turner Bell, who was crowned Miss America in 1990. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in May 1991 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from Arkansas State University.

Bell has spoken to millions of students at countless schools, youth organizations and college campuses. She has addressed audiences in the corporate, academic, and community service arenas. Her topics include personal excellence, determination, goal-setting and the importance of a solid education. Turner Bell’s beliefs reflect her own life-lessons as it took seven years and eleven tries in two states before she was crowned Miss America.

Turner Bell hosts a daily evening news broadcast called Arise America on the Arise network. She can also be seen as an expert contributor to the show DOGS 101 on Animal Planet. As a staff correspondent for CBS News starting in 2001, she covered a variety of subjects, and was from time to time called upon to cover breaking and developing news. Turner Bell was The Early Show’s resident veterinarian, sharing a wealth of advice about quality pet care.

Turner Bell lives in the New York City area with her husband and daughter.

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