Shana Hiatt was born in 1975 on the East Coast, and was raised mostly in Tabernacle New Jersey, near Philadelphia. Shana spent her early childhood years traveling around the country as an "Army brat" with her parents and one younger brother. Traveling would be a recurring theme in Shana's life.
In high school, Shana would prove to be a stellar athlete. Shana was a champion lacrosse and field hockey player, not to mention the hottest school cheerleader After graduating high school, Shana enrolled in New Jersey's Burlington County College in order to study broadcast journalism, pursuing her early childhood dream of television broadcasting.
However, at age 18, Shana Hiatt was drop dead gorgeous, and it wouldn't take long for modeling agents to catch wind. Shana begain modeling part-time during this period, and was an immediate success. Shana secured the well-known and respected agent, Ray Manzella, the agent who made careers for Jenny McCarthy, Vanna White, and Pamela Anderson, and started her successful modeling career.
While attending a fundraiser in Hawaii to help fund shelters for battered women, Shana met her future husband, James Van Patten, brother of World Poker Tour commentator, Vince Van Patten, and son of Dick Van Patten from the television series, "Eight is Enough". James Van Patten, or Jimmy, encouraged Shana to pursue her interest of working in front of the camera, which Shana did and became a huge success.
Shana is now 29 years old, married to Jimmy, and living in the San Fernando Valley (Southern California) with their two dogs, a Chihuahua named GooGoo and a cockapoo named Tyler, and their Siamese cat, Gemini. Shana is also a well-known television personality, who gets to travel all over the world covering the World Poker Tour events