A native of Denver, Colorado, Melissa made her professional dancing debut at the age of ten, performing ballet to classical storybook magic. At fourteen, she began dancing with David Taylor's Dance Theatre productions. Melissa received community awards and press acclaim for her performances and was recognized for her contribution as the youngest member of an adult theater ballet company. At fifteen, she received a scholarship with the Houston Ballet.
Melissa went on to receive a BA of Art History from The University of Texas and a degree in Interior Design from Parsons School of Design, New York. While in New York, she pursued her career in acting, studying under the tutelage of acting coach, Anthony Abeson.
She recently co-starred with Hugh Laurie on the Emmy Award-Winning Fox TV Show, "House". Melissa has also appeared in the off-beat comedy film, Shrink Rap (with Priscella Barnes and Richard Kind). Her other television credits include an ABC television special, "California's Disney Adventure," alongside Richard Kind.
As a theater actress, Melissa is critically acclaimed for her performances in both Tennessee William's Cat on Hot Tin Roof , as Maggie and Sophocles's Antigone, in which she played the lead.
Today, Melissa is a Lifetime Member of The Actor's Studio and works as an actor, dancer, choreographer and teacher.