Ben Helman grew up in Salem Township and graduated from Greensburg Salem in 1998. He attended the University of Virginia where he graduated in 2002 with a BA in Biology. He completed his veterinary studies at Ross University, finishing his studies in 2006. He has been living and practicing in the Latrobe area since finishing veterinary school. He and his wife, Julie, have two children, Lauren and Garret, and three dogs and two cats.