Dana grew up in Philadelphia, PA. In 2002, she received her bachelors from Unity College in Maine in Wildlife and Zoology. In 2009, she received her masters degree from Antioch University New England in Conservation Biology. She began working in the veterinary field in 2006. She has worked in general practices in various states, she has worked both as an ER technician and ICU nurse, as well as in cardiology specialty hospital. She began working part time at EAH in April 2019.