Melissa was raised on the beaches of Siesta Key in Sarasota, Florida. She and her family spent the summers traveling with her father, a Major League baseball coach. At an early age she began participating in cheerleading and dance, and continued through high school, where she was an active member of the schools cheerleading and locally renowned dance team. These experiences created a strong passion for health and fitness that continues today.
Melissa attended college at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. While at Samford she met her husband, Clay, who was a 4-year scholarship member of the track and cross-country teams. After graduating with a degree in interior design, Melissa and Clay moved back to her hometown in Sarasota where she has been practicing interior design and personal styling for the past 7 years. On a recent trip back to Birmingham, Melissa was introduced to Pure Barre and fell in love with the technique. "I became addicted to Pure Barre because it was the most effective workout I had ever experienced. Even better, it combined my love of dance and fitness, set to amazing music. It instantly became my passion to share Pure Barre with Sarasota."