Dr. Starnes grew up with eight siblings in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She graduated from Luther High School in La Crosse and went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Bethany College with an Associates degree in Liberal Arts. She then went onto graduate from the University of Wisconsin Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her majors were Psychology and Pre-Medicine.
Dr. Starnes graduated in the inaugural class at Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, VA. As a student, she spent time in Norton, Virginia rotating at Norton Community Hospital. After Autumn's graduate medical education, she completed her Osteopathic Internship at University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center in Ohio.
Dr. Starnes attended Dermatology residency at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. During her training, she completed research in calciphylaxis, mechanisms of hair loss and clinical and molecular effects of fractionated laser treatment. Autumn is published in medical journals on topics such as Lasers, Leukemia Cutis, Cutaneous Tumors and Amyloidosis.