Melissa graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2003.
She began her career in veterinary medicine in 2001, becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician in CT in 2005. Melissa went on to obtain a VTS (Veterinary Technician Specialty) in Clinical Practice (Canine/Feline) in 2013. She has spent sixteen years in the general practice setting and five years in emergency medicine. As of late Summer 2018, Melissa joined Leshem Veterinary Surgery to use her seasoned skills to help dogs and cats thrive before, during, and after the outstanding surgical care they receive with Dr. Steve Leshem. Melissa lives in eastern CT with her two kids, two dogs, two cats and two birds.