Dr.Joana was born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal. She was surrounded by cats, dogs, birds, and guinea pigs during her childhood. She always knew that one day she would be working hard to give all animals a better quality of life. In 2007 Dr.Joana graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Extremadura located in Cáceres, Spain. Initially, she intended on becoming an equine veterinarian, however, one summer while acquiring some work experience she came to a realization, that her dedication and passion, in fact, lies with Small Animal Medicine. Dr.Joana worked at numerous veterinary clinics and hospitals in Portugal and the U.K.
In 2014 Dr. Joana and her West Highland White Terrier relocated to Dubai. She began working with some exotic animals in Dubai. Her main areas of interest are in Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Dentistry, and Exotic Medicine. Dr. Joana is up to date with her CPD (Continuing Professional Development) courses and is currently pursuing a postgraduate degree in Small Animal Internal Medicine.