Chris is from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. After she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Psychology from the University of Slippery Rock in 1991, she works at a well known area hospital as a child life specialist. She received her masters in nursing from Vanderbilt in 1995. She is certified as a family nurse practitioner as well as a pediatric nurse practitioner. She is a member of the American Association of Nurses, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and Sigma Theta Tau an international honor society for nurses.