Allison grew up an "army brat," living in 7 different cities before high school. She developed a passion for racing and the sport she fell into was swimming. She went on to win 13 national titles, a NCAA title, an Olympic Silver Medal, and she held a World Record that stood for 15 years. After her athletic career, she went on to study psychology and art at Naropa University in Colorado. She has spent most of her professional life helping others and currently resides in San Francisco, California.