Donna Riopelle was born in Southern California and grew up in Huntington Beach. She attended Mater Dei High School where she was Valedictorian of her class in 1976. She continued her education at Cal State University, Long Beach, obtaining a Bachelor’s in Nursing with Honor’s in 1984. Donna continued her education at UCLA earning a Master of Science in Nursing and Board Certification as a Nurse Practitioner in 1987. She has worked with multiple physicians and specialties over her twenty-five years’ of clinical experience. More recently in 2013, she completed a Master of Science in Nutritional Medicine from the University of South Florida Medical School, obtaining Board Certification in Anti-Aging. Most recent to broaden her knowledge, Donna is pursuing a doctorate program at Samuel Merritt University, CA, with sights to graduate in 2017.