Elena grew up in Jenkintown, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. Although she grew up in the suburbs, she was always a farm girl at heart. She attended Pennsylvania State University for her undergraduate degree. She majored in Animal Bioscience and minored in Microbiology. In her spare time she rode with the Penn State Equestrian Team. Elena spent the year prior to vet school in research at Temple University studying Streptococcus mutants bio-films, the bacterium most commonly associated with dental cavities.
Elena continued her education at the University of Pennsylvania for her veterinary degree. After graduation, she spent a year in California for her internship, but decided Pennsylvania was where her heart lies. She returned to the east coast to start her career.
Elena likes to spend her free time outdoors, biking, hiking, and horseback riding or relaxing with her boxer, Marley.