Dr. Appleyard, a native of Cape Cod, MA, earned her undergraduate degree at Williams College in Williamstown, MA and her Master's Degree in Public Health from Boston University. Dr. Appleyard received her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.  She completed training in orthopedic surgery and a fellowship in orthopedic trauma surgery at Brown University in Providence, RI. Dr. Appleyard completed a spine fellowship at the OrthoCarolina Spine Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Dr. Appleyard is married and has four children, two girls and twin boys.  She balances her practice time between South Florida and the island of St. Croix, and when she is not caring for her patients she loves to spend time with her family enjoying the beautiful island.