Allen is an alumna of Gloversville High School in Gloversville, New York and graduated from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY in 2001. After college she moved to Hollywood to begin an acting career. Since 1992, Allen has worked regularly, primarily in guest or recurring roles on various television series. These include Doogie Howser, M. D. and Silk Stalkings. Allen also had a recurring role in the T.V. series Bull playing the character Pam Boyd.