Dr. McManus was born and raised in the Quad Cities. She grew up in Taylor Ridge. After graduating from Rockridge High School, she began her college education at Black Hawk College.
Dr. McManus continued at Western Illinois University, where she graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Science. After working for several years, Dr. McManus decided to pursue a career in dentistry. She attended the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and graduated first in her dental class.
Dr. McManus went on to complete her orthodontic specialty training at the University of Iowa. During her residency, she had several research articles published in the American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics.
In 2011, Dr. McManus earned the distinction of becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.