Mary Lou was born and raised in California as her dad was in the Navy until she was 10 years old. She attended Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA and worked for Albertsons for 18 years in Bookkeeping and as a Scan Coordinator. She also worked at Target for 4 years in Human Resources prior to joining Willow Creek Dental.

Personally, Mary Lou has been married to her husband, Curt, for 27 years and has a daughter named Jamie and a son named Cole. She and Curt moved to Colorado in 1993 and love all the great outdoor activities. She goes for long walks everyday and also volunteers twice a month at the Ronald McDonald House in Aurora, cooking meals for the families that stay there.  She also does Volunteers of America during the holidays, delivering baskets of food to the elderly.