I was born the daughter of an Italian father and a German mother in New York, USA, where I spent the first formative years of my childhood, until our family moved back to Germany.
After attending a grammar school in Königstein in the Taunus, I began my medical studies, but remained faithful to my artistic inclinations (acting and music) during my studies. I spent part of my studies in Perugia, Italy, where I devoted myself to Italian language and art history. I gained valuable impulses for my later work there.
I discovered the love of plastic surgery early on and took this path for my specialist training. He took me to renowned clinics: the Bürgerhospital in Frankfurt am Main, the Charité in Berlin and the Hannover Medical School.