LaVone graduated with her BSN from Morningside College in 1979. She received her MSN from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1982. About twelve years later, she graduated from South Dakota State-Brookings with her post master’s FNP degree. In 1994, she received her FNP certification through AANC. LaVone is certified to perform DOT exams, and is a member of AANP, ANA, and INA.