Dr. Dunks was raised in Mt. Shasta, California. She attended Eastern Oregon University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Small Business Management. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove. She is currently active in the Lane Optometric Society, the Oregon Optometric Physicians Association and the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Optometrists. She and her husband Eric are active in their church. They enjoy drag racing, Oregon Duck Football, and time spent with their sons and their Old English Bulldog, Stella.