Dana was born and raised in the DFW area. She attended the University of North Texas and has her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech/Pathology and Audiology. She has suffered from anxiety, panic disorder and unipolar depression since she was 15 years old. Unfortunately, through genetics and the passing of the Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) genetic mutation, her daughter suffers from the same issues at a very young age. Due to her young age, Dana’s daughter was not a candidate for all medications. The medications that she could take made her symptoms worse. After a severe reaction to a new medication, Dana’s daughter had to be hospitalized and thus began her search for an alternative way to help her daughter with everyday life.
That is where Dana’s journey into the Service Dog community began. After much research and education, Dana helped train her daughter’s Service Dog, Sam. As Dana witnessed the beautiful transformation of her daughter with the help of Sam, she knew that she wanted to continue to be apart of the Service Dog community. Dana’s goal is to continue to teach and support others who could benefit from such a wonderful companion.