Dr. Joan Nafe grew up in Little Rock and graduated from Hall High School in 1969. She attended Vassar College and Colgate University, where she graduated with a B.S. in 1974. She then attended the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, where she was honored as the top Arkansas student. In 1979, Dr. Joan completed a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, where she met and later married Dr. Larry Nafe. They have a daughter, Laura, who is an assistant professor at the Oklahoma State School of Veterinary Medicine. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Joan enjoys reading a good book and spending time with her Doberman, Ben.