Ellisa attended Westmont College where she obtained a BS in Neuroscience and Biology. She then attended ETSU Quillen College of Medicine where she obtained her MD degree in 2006. She attended residency at MUSC/Trident Family Medicine Residency. After graduation of residency, she worked for Christ Community Health Services, a faith based FQHC in Memphis, TN, for several years, helping start a family medicine residency. She then went on to JPS Family Medicine Residency in Fort Worth, TX to become faculty in the FP-OB Fellowship department, called Maternal-Child Health. She eventually became the Medical Director of the MCH fellowship at JPS. She has participated in over 15 medical mission trips, learning some of what it means to practice in resource limited settings. She feels called to continue educating and teaching, while providing excellent medical care to women and infants.