Melissa was born and raised in a small town in eastern-central Maine. She attended the University of Maine and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor in Science in Animal and Veterinary Science. She completed a Master of Health Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania where she was chosen for induction into Pi Alpha National Honor Society. She has practiced in cardiology since 2012 having previously practiced in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania before joining Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute in September 2018. She is interested in all aspects of cardiovascular care with a particular interest in prevention.