Shallen was born and raised mostly in Nova Scotia. Her father was in the Royal Canadian Air Force and she was fortunate to have lived in a few Canadian provinces during his career. Prior to obtaining her Dental Assistant Licence, Shallen worked as a chairside Dental Assistant in Yellow Knife, NWT. She moved back home to Nova Scotia where she attended NSCC and graduated in 2004. Shallen joined Dr. Ryan Thomas Dentistry with 12 years of experience as a Dental Assistant. Shallen loves to spend time with her husband and two girls travelling to their cottage on the weekends.