Sam was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. She moved to Pittsburgh, PA after high school, where she attended Duquesne University and received her undergraduate degrees in both Biology and Health Sciences. She continued her education at Duquesne University, where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree.

Sam swam collegiately at Duquesne for four years and ran track for one year. Since graduating, she has become one of the Physical Therapists for Team USA Shooting at the international level. She is also USA Swimming certified, an ACSM certified personal trainer, a Functional Range Conditioning Specialist, and a certified Rock Steady Boxing Coach!

Outside of physical therapy, Sam enjoys competing in triathlons, traveling, and spending time with her family (including Levi the Golden Retriever).