Ribbons is a native of Clinton, Maine and attended the University of New England where she received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.
Ribbons was a Graduate Assistant at the University of Florida. While at Florida, she was the head athletic trainer at Fort White High School. In her second year at Florida, she worked with Santa Fe College in Gainesville, working with Baseball, Softball, Men's/Women's Basketball.
Prior to VCU, Ribbons spent time at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association since 2004, and is a member of the College Athletic Trainers' Association since 2014. She has been a Certified Athletic Trainer since 2008 and has been a Virginia Licensed Athletic Trainer since 2012.