Joe was born and raised in east Texas and attended Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He received an Associates Degree in Biology from San Jacinto College in Houston and completed his medical training at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, graduating in 1998. He was the student representative to the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
After graduation, he trained in Occupational Medicine in Lake Jackson, Texas. A year later when his wife graduated as a PA he relocated to North Houston where he worked primarily with the Total Joint Replacement and Upper Extremity Specialists for KSF Orthopaedics. He has spent the last couple of years refining his skills and training with the Orthopaedic Trauma specialists at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, Texas. ETMC is one of only a handful of level one trauma centers in Texas. While in the Tyler area he was the medical provider on the sidelines for Whitehouse and Big Sandy High school football.
Joe is fluent in Spanish and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Texas Academy of Physician Assistants and the Association of Orthopaedic Physician Assistants.