Melissa is a Minnesota-native nurse practitioner specializing in functional medicine. She grew up in Little Falls, MN, where she discovered a passion for competitive endurance sports and health. Melissa pursued her nursing degree from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN, where she competed in collegiate cross country running, XC skiing, and track. She worked in the pediatric intensive care unit at Children’s Minnesota and pediatric/adult perianesthesia at M Health Masonic Children’s Hospital prior to obtaining her Master of Nursing at Concordia University Wisconsin.
Melissa’s passion lies in treating the cause rather than the effect of disease to optimize a patient’s hormonal and metabolic states. She examines each patient’s unique genetic influences and environmental factors when incorporating diet, lifestyle, and psychosocial health into her practice. Her goal is to help patients find the root cause of their medical concerns rather than using suppressive treatments to mask symptoms. Melissa believes that treating the whole person, identifying underlying issues that influence healing, and promoting a healthy lifestyle are imperative to restore the body and reverse disease.
Melissa loves Minnesota for its seasons and enjoy cross country skiing, biking, and running, especially racing the marathon distance. Together with her husband, they love traveling to new sites for hiking, racing, and exploring. They have an energetic dog who enjoys the same hobbies they do. They enjoy the north shore for its access to outdoor recreation.
Particular areas of interest: cardiometabolic dysfunction, thyroid disorders, autoimmune disease, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, and hormonal imbalances.
Symptoms: fatigue, bloating, headaches, brain fog, joint pain, constipation, diarrhea, body aches, sleep issues, weight gain or weight loss, worsening of chronic conditions.