Joy was raised in Mesa, Arizona and has worked in multiple disciplines in the medical field for over 20 years. She completed her initial undergraduate training in Radiologic Technology. She then attended Grand Canyon University and received her Bachelor's Degree in Health Sciences. Following her Bachelor's Degree, she pursued her Master's Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Northern Arizona University.  Joy is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants.

In her free time, Joy enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, cake decorating, and browsing through thrift stores, yard sales, and farmer's markets.