Elise grew up in Columbia, MO before moving to the East coast to attend Vassar College where she majored in biochemistry and political science. She then attended The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine where she received an MSc in Control of Infectious Disease. She did her master’a theses in Zambia. She then worked at The Brookings Institution doing research on health policy. She attended medical school at Brown University where she also received a ScM in Population Health. For her master’s thesis she worked with Syrian refugees living in Jordan.