Raised in Baguio City, Philippines, Karessa graduated from the country’s premier nursing school, Saint Louis University in 2007. She began her career as a professional nurse in 2008 where she had volunteered and worked in different hospitals in the same country. Her exposure was mostly in the operating theatre and medical wards. Karessa also had the opportunity to work with children as a school nurse and a Health subject teacher in an International school. Outside of the office, Karessa contributed her time and talent to the Rotary Club of Baguio Sunrise at the age of 23. She has also attained a training certificate for Cooking and a National Certificate in Medical Transcription.
A few years ago, she migrated to New Zealand with her family and has been loving it ever since. Karessa enjoys arts and crafts, cooking, and being a mom to her 5 year old son.