Marisa was born and raised in Norfolk, Nebraska. She played softball and graduated with a BA in Biology from Dana College in 2006. She was accepted into UNMC and graduated in 2009 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Marisa has been trained and mentored in sports medicine and orthopedic rehabilitation and has her certification in strength and conditioning. She has an extensive training background in concussion management treatment and has completed 200 hours of yoga training and currently teaches yoga in Alma, Ne. Marisa and her husband have two beautiful girls.