Joel was born and raised in Blacksburg, Virginia but migrated to California with the rest of his family following high school. He attended college at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences in 2002. Joel went on to receive his doctorate at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, following an externship in Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine at the Animal Medical Center in New York. Joel’s primary interests include surgery and internal medicine.

Joel is a member of the Rotary Club of Pismo Beach/Five Cities, a board member since 2010, and the 2015/16 club President. He was also a 2009-2012 board member of the Mid Coast Veterinary Medical Association and 2012 President of the Central Coast Professional’s Network.

In his spare time, Joel loves playing Ultimate Frisbee. Joel lives in Pismo Beach with his wife, Dr. Sarah Conn, and his son, Jude.