Pat grew up in Marquette, Michigan. She attended the Bel Rae Institute of Technology in Denver, Colorado and received her degree in 1981. In 1982, Pat moved to the Chicagoland area and began working as a veterinary technician at Wright Animal Hospital. She has a special interest and training in surgery, radiology, endoscopy, and ultrasound. She also has experience in administering chemotherapy and caring for hospitalized patients.
In her spare time, Pat likes to work out at the gym and spend quality time with her cat Ming.