Dr McConnell obtained her Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree with First Class Honours from the University of Adelaide in 2011. She graduated with numerous University Awards, including the Adelaide University Medal for overall academic and clinical excellence over the five-year degree. Upon graduation, Dr McConnell spent two years working in private practice in Mount Gambier, South Australia, before moving to Sydney to complete her three-year specialist training (Doctor of Clinical Dentistry) in Orthodontics. She graduated with a high distinction average, and was awarded the Australian Society of Orthodontists NSW Clinical Day post-graduate prize for the best-treated clinical case. She also received membership by examination with the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, and Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.
Dr McConnell is a member of many professional associations including the Australian Society of Orthodontists, the Australian Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, the European Orthodontic Society, and the World Federation of Orthodontists. She is also a certified member of the Australian Orthodontic Board.
Away from the clinic, Dr McConnell enjoys spending time with her husband, family, friends and playing the violin. She has a keen interest in a wide array of sports, in particular competitive tennis and long-distance running.