Initially from upstate New York, Dr. Chaffee came to Massachusetts for college and medical school, getting her B.A. from Wellesley College, and her M.D. from Tufts University, where she was elected to AOA, the medical honor society. She did her pediatric internship and residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland. After training she moved to Millersburg, Ohio to fulfill her National Health Service Corps obligation by working in this rural community with a large Amish population. She returned to Massachusetts in 1987 to work with Dr. Weiss at Worcester Pediatrics, and has remained since. Dr. Chaffee is an avid reader, and enjoys the Cape and travel with her husband and two children.