Joanna grew up in Victoria BC. She always wanted to be a vet but was bitten by the travel bug at a young age. She moved to Montreal to study physiology at McGill University, and then worked her way around Australia, New Zealand, the UK, most of Western Europe and Tanzania. She returned to BC to study conservation and zoology at UBC, and somehow the urge to become a vet (and travel!) took over again. In 2010 she graduated with distinction from Massey University in New Zealand. Despite her fondness for kiwis, the skiing simply wasn’t good enough, and she returned to BC. She worked on the mainland for just under 2 years, and then returned to her stomping grounds in Victoria to work in a high paced veterinary setting. Now she’s excited to be opening Oaklands Veterinary Hospital with her dream team. Joanna has many interests in the veterinary field, but foremost is cardiology. Outside of the clinic, Joanna swing dances to Lindy Hop, Charleston and Balboa and is excited to be trying aerials soon! She also tries to go running as much as possible, but more often than not opts to bake cookies instead.