Melissa grew up on Vashon Island and graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Anthropology in 2004. Her father had a dental practice on Vashon Island which she worked at on and off throughout high school and college. In 2009 she decided to go back to school and pursue a dental hygiene degree and finished at Shoreline Community College in 2013. She has been working full time at this practice for 2 ½ years.
Melissa married her husband Garry on Maui in October 2014. They have a sailboat and enjoy sailing around the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands. When not working or sailing she loves cooking and entertaining for friends and family. She also likes walking and biking around Seattle and reading and travel.