Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dorothy moved to the East Coast in 2003 to attend Boston College where she earned her BA in political science. She also holds a Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Management from Boston University. She worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis managing the implementation of health care cost containment legislation prior to pursuing nursing. She earned both her BSN and MSN degrees from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. She is board-certified by the ANCC in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care.