Melissa has always had a strong desire to help people and a long-time fascination with the world of medicine, so she wasted no time in pursuing a degree in nursing. She went to Berry College in Rome, GA for her nursing pre-requisites and then transferred over to Emory University where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She interned in the Emory University-Emergency Department and then transitioned to her first full-time RN position there as well.
After a year of working for Emory, Melissa enrolled in travel nursing and headed west to San Diego, CA for her first assignment, gaining experience working in multiple emergency rooms from southern to northern California. Between nursing contracts, Melissa was able to travel to places such as; Australia, New Zealand, various countries in Europe, and Morocco. She loved being able to experience the different cultures around the globe and had so much fun while doing that. Melissa absolutely loved her time as a ER nurse and learned so much and got to take care of a wide range of patients from different cultural backgrounds.
Though she loved bedside nursing and taking care of people at their most vulnerable state, Melissa had the desire to do more and further her career, so she decided to move back home, to Atlanta, and go back to school to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. She wanted a degree that would allow her to take care of all ages and to be able to provide primary care for the entire family. Melissa has a true passion for primary care and making it available to all people regardless of their background, believing that everyone deserves to have access to good quality healthcare.
She has worked 8+ years as a Nurse Practitioner in Internal Medicine and has a gained diverse knowledge in managing chronic diseases such as Hypertension, Diabetes, and High Cholesterol as well as taking care of various acute visit needs and has a real passion for disease prevention through maintaining a healthy life style, both physically and mentally. She is so excited to be part of this team where we can treat the patient as a whole, both to their physical and mental needs in a very caring and nurturing environment.
In more recent years Melissa’s faith has been growing and she feels so blessed to be able to have that be a cornerstone to providing patients with the best medical care. She looks forward to building lasting relationships and establishing a trusting partnership with our patients. She also is excited to help patients maintain good health by focusing on promoting healthy lifestyle practices.
Melissa has been married to Greg for 7 years and they have 3 growing boys that keep them busy. When Melissa is not tending to a house full of boys she is happily taking care of patients. She loves being a mom and is so blessed to have a career that allows her to work and be home with her kids as well. In her free time Melissa enjoys spending time with her family and being in the outdoors and enjoying activities like camping, hiking, and kayaking. She and her family are involved with their local church and she loves being a part of her Sunday school class and her women’s small group. Melissa is very excited to serve you and your family!