Joey was born raised in rural Idaho. She comes from a migrant background and spent a lot of her winters in Mexico as a child and adolescent. While there, she attended school and learned to speak Spanish. She later earned her undergraduate degree from Boise State University in general biology with a minor in Spanish. Before attending physician assistant school at the University of Washington, MEDEX program, she worked as a nursing assistant/ CNA and an emergency room technician. She has been practicing medicine for five years. Her interests include women’s health,  primary care and migrant health. She is married with two children and enjoys spending time with her family.