Melissa graduated from Estrella Community College in 2012 as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant with Phi Theta Kappa honors. She was introduced to rehabilitation services in 2009 when her granddaughter suffered a brain injury. So, she left her medical career of 20 plus years to pursue a career in rehabilitation and speech. Melissa studied American Sign Language as her foreign language and has additional course work in deaf studies. She spends her free time with her husband, two sons, and three grandchildren. She enjoys movie nights, playing board games, and late night dramas on TV.