Dr. McConnell was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology and Society at the University of California Los Angeles. She completed her medical school training at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at UCLA. She stayed at UCLA for her sub-specialty training in Endocrinology. She then joined the faculty at UCLA and practices general endocrinology in Santa Monica.