Melissa was born in Greenwich, CT, grew up in NJ and spent a portion of her youth living in Lima, Peru. Her father is Peruvian, and she has German, Cuban and Ukrainian heritage. She studied abroad at The American Business School in Paris, and graduated from Pace University in New York with a Degree in International Marketing. While abroad, Melissa studied acting at Film Acting Paris and currently studies in New York with renowned acting coach Harold Guskin and in LA with the equally renowned Gary Marks. She has also studied at Margie Haber's studio in their intensive advanced course.