Originally from Huntersvile, North Carolina, Mackenzie Budd graduated from the nursing program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Mackenzie began her nursing career in the ER, transitioned into an oncology setting, and from there, she moved into an IV clinic. 

It was through these work experiences that she discovered that her passion for helping people was actually in improving her overall health, rather than the hustle and bustle of treating symptoms. Thus, she is back in school at the Frontier Nursing University pursuing a Master of Nursing, and will become a Family Nurse Practitioner upon graduation. 

In her spare time, Mackenzie enjoys playing outdoors with her husband, dog, and 14 month-old daughter. Her hobbies also include time in the kitchen baking sourdough bread and sweet treats, and fly fishing with her husband.