She grew up in Westchester County New York. She graduated with a BFA and highest honors from U. of Illinois. She received degrees in Medical Illustration and Crafts (Jewelry and Metalwork) in 1972. In 1974, Joan received an MST from Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Craftsmen in Metalwork and Jewelry Design. 

She is the recipient of multiple international Awards of Merit for Silversmithing, 1973,1974, and1975. Ms. Weiskopf was employed as Modelmaker and/or Head of Design for such names as Tiffany and David Webb. She operated her own Jewelry Mfg. Company until 1987 when she enrolled in Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, class of '89 

Ms. Weiskopf is currently a Consultant/Lecturer/ Nutrition and Alternative Care Practitioner.