Melissa graduated from West Henderson High School where her athletic career was sparked. In 1991 she played on the State Championship winning Basketball team and also competed in many State and Regional Championships while running track.
In 1993 she was accepted to Western Carolina University on a track scholarship.
It was around this time that Melissa was diagnosed with a rare disease. Instead of accepting this, she took her love of exercise as well as Dr. Joe Picone’s advice and mentoring and altered her diet. Adding digestive enzymes, Melissa was able to overcome this disease and lose close to the ninety pounds she had put on while battling this illness.
At her heaviest, Melissa reached 220 lbs. She successfully went from a woman’s size 14 to a size 0.
Today, Melissa actively participates in road races, half marathons and Spartan Races. Her other active hobbies include Mountain Biking, Hiking, StandUp Paddle Board and Yoga.
In 2014 Melissa completed her goal to achieve a Spartan Trifecta, competing in all three Spartan Races distances in one year.