Annamarie Rivas grew up in Carpinteria, California. She received her first nursing degree from Santa Barbara City College in Santa Barbara. She went on to obtain bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing, and is currently working on her PhD in nursing education. She has worked as a nurse for fourteen years in the ICU along with various other health care settings. She found her passion as a nursing instructor for the past 10 years. She has four beautiful children, loves the beach, and is strong in faith.