Melissa was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She started her career on stage at the age of 12. Her first love was dance, and she received her BA from Point Park Conservatory with a concentration in jazz. After traveling around Europe with the musical Grease, she began her acting studies at The William Esper Studio in Manhattan under Bill Esper. She has since been seen in numerous theatrical performances including, The Vagina Monologues and Some Girls. Melissa has made appearances on As the World Turns, Mad Men, Jane the Virgin and Criminal Minds. Melissa now resides in Los Angeles with her husband and her dog Chewie.