Dr. Mellien grew up in San Diego and attended Patrick Henry High School. She then went to San Diego State University before going on to UC Davis where she received her veterinary degree in 1994 with a focus on dogs, cats and horses. She has always loved animals and had a menagerie of pets growing up and decided she wanted to be a veterinarian while still in elementary school. She worked as an assistant at VCA Grossmont Animal Hospital for several years prior to vet school and then returned to work here as a doctor after graduation. She lives in La Mesa with her family and pets.