Veterinary medicine is a second career for Frappa, who grew up in the Bay Area wanting to be a veterinarian. She instead earned a journalism degree from San Francisco State and moved to Washington, D.C., to work as an associate editor of a national magazine, interviewing celebrities on both coasts. She became disillusioned with the media world and moved back to San Francisco to be closer to family and make a career change. After doing an internship at a rescue farm in Chico, she followed her childhood passion and started working at Irving Pet Hospital.
Frappa shares her home with Kona, a white-bellied caique parrot, Wasabi and Rumi, a bonded pair of parrotlets, and J’main, a grey tuxedo cat. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking hearty vegan meals, getting together with family and friends, salsa dancing, wine tasting, and going camping with her fiancé, William.