Dan Ells completed his undergraduate education at Quinnipiac University with a degree in Health Science Studies. Following undergrad he worked at Yale University School of Medicine conducting research focusing in substance abuse until he departed to attend Pacific University in Portland Oregon to obtain his Masters in Physician Assistant Studies. After completing school in Portland Dan went to Bend Oregon to join a Orthopedic practice. While in Bend he worked with a group of Sports Medicine Surgeons focusing on knee and shoulder injuries. Time was split between clinic and assisting arthroplasties (hip, shoulder, knee).