Misty grew up in Kansas and received her BA in Anthropology from the University of Kansas, with a focus in Medical Anthropology. Following her undergraduate degree, she was an AmeriCorps HealthCorps volunteer at a free health clinic in Kansas. She went on to obtain her MPH in Population Health from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. During this time, she worked at the county hospital in Cleveland as a research assistant across a range of programs. Through her studies and related experiences, she became increasingly interested in the relationship between inequality and health, which today defines her research agenda. Misty is in her fourth year of the doctoral program in Sociology at WVU and her dissertation focuses on the effects of health and medicine on educational and employment opportunity and attainment among rural Appalachian adolescents.