Clare Anne Mikel was born and raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She attended Oakland University and graduated with a bachelors degree in Biology with Honors.

She then pursued careers in hemodyalysis, as an OB/GYN technician, and teaching human anatomy. She graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000 and has practiced in Albuquerque and Farmington, New Mexico.

Dr. Mikel is currently working part-time as a veterinarian and full time as a mother of a nine year old boy. When time allows, she exhibits Doberman Pinschers and Australian Cattle Dogs and fusses over her two horses.