Amanda had something of the sterotypical midwestern childhood, complete with trips to her aunt and uncle's farm every summer. In college she discovered a passion for medicine, eventually going on to earn her MD at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. After completing her neurology fellowship, she remained at UCLA until 2002, when she was tapped by the SGC to treat SG team head injuries as well as preform research into the nature of goa'uld/host blending. Following the Battle of Atlantis, she was recruited to the First Atlantis Expedition. Following the recovery of the Tria crew, she was almong those who requested to remain on Atlantis.
During the Second Exodus, she returned to her position at the SGC along side Carson Beckett. Together they were able to remove every vial of the Ancient Gene Activation therapy from the SGC during the Haegira, along with the better part of the mountian's vaccination stockpile. She is currently wanted by the USAF for treason, espionage, and felony larcony.
Additionally, she has been in a relationship with fellow Émigré Noah Baker since early 2006