Marissa graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University and Barrett, The Honors College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. While attending ASU, she earned the Psychology Department Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research Paper. She is a published researcher and has presented at several conferences within the country. She attended Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida where she earned her Masters of Clinical Medical Science and is Board Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking the beautiful Arizona desert, cooking her family’s traditional Italian dishes, and helping her team to victory in trivia.