Juanita graduated from Otago Polytechnic in 2013 with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. She is married to John and they have one son, Juan. Her love for animals started at a young age and immigrating to New Zealand in 2002 gave her the chance to study as a Vet Nurse and fulfil her dreams. At home she has two dogs, Deedee and Maxi. She also has five cats and two Red-Eared turtles.