Melissa is an enrolled Citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Belcourt, North Dakota. Her goal is to make an impact on the overwhelming health disparities affecting the population today by preventing the disease. She hopes to accomplish this by identifying who is at risk, education, and empowering the patient to make the right choose by incorporating diet medication, and regular exercise. Her areas of expertise are in health education and chronic health management. She is a member of American Academy Nurse Practitioners, Advance Health Care Network, Milwaukee Advance Practice Nurse Association, Illinois Nursing Association, and she was involved with Concordia University of WI Volunteer American Indian Center of Chicago. She has given professional presentations at American Indian Health Services of Chicago, Minority Health Care conference, American Cancer of Mount Prospect, and she has presented at many community seminars.