Melissa was born and raised in Denver Colorado. She attended Metropolitan State University and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She graduated summa cum laude from Metropolitan State University and was a bedside nurse in the intensive care unit for seven years. While she was an intensive care unit nurse she obtained a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Northern Colorado.
Melissa is a board certified adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. She is a licensed by the state Colorado as a nurse and a nurse practitioner. She is board certified with the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is also certified as a critical care nurse.