Dr. Hodes grew up in St. Louis as a loyal Cardinals fan. She attended Cor Jesu Academy, where she started her cross-country career, and later went on to run at Denvers Regis University. There, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry. She also snowboarding with her furturehusband,Joel,onthewinterweekends.Dr. Hodes graduated from the University of Missouri's veterinary school, got married and started her veterinary career in Kansas City, Missouri. With an opportunity to expand Joels business to St. Louis, Whitney was ecstatic to get back to her hometown. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her two faithful canine companions, Frisco and Royal, spending time with family and friends, and competing with her husband in professional BBQ competitions. Her special interests include soft-tissue surgery and internal medicine.