Dr. Jana Van Stee originally hails from New Jersey, but has called several places home since then. Growing up, she spent many of her formative years at her father’s small animal veterinary clinic. Her father’s practice was her inspiration to pursue veterinary medicine. She completed her undergraduate training and the majority of her veterinary degree at Michigan State University, and transferred to Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, in Alabama, for her final year. She then moved to Washington state and worked at an emergency and critical care facility in Olympia. There, she fell in love with both the intensity of emergency medicine and the natural beauty of the mountains. Her professional interests include exotic species, especially small companion mammals such as ferrets and guinea pigs, as well as endocrinopathies, metabolic diseases, and other chronic disease processes. She and her husband recently moved to Alaska in search of adventure and glaciated peaks. When not working, she enjoys long distance running, hiking, and backpacking. When she’s done with high energy activities, she can usually be found reading, napping, or attempting to learn to cook.