Dan is originally from a western Oklahoma cattle ranch and wheat farm. He attended Oklahoma State University and graduated in 1997 with a degree in Agricultural Economics. In 2000 he received his doctorate of veterinary medicine. He and Rachel married in the summer of 1996 before beginning veterinary school. Dan started his veterinary career among the Amish in Kansas , then moved to the dairies of Sulphur Springs before settling in Terrell. He has worked for Dr. Casey Risinger since November of 2003. Dan and Rachel have two daughters, five dogs, and two cats. Dan enjoys both large and small animal medicine. His hobby is working with stocker calves. The family are members of Mesquite Church of Christ.