Hi there! My name is Melissa but my nickname is Missy. I was born and raised in Salmon, Idaho, a rural community of 3,000 people. I grew up doing a lot of outdoor activities such as rafting, camping, hiking, backpacking, skiing, riding horses, and hunting. In my free time, I’m usually hiking or running while listening to podcasts or at home cuddling with one of my two cats. Whitewater rafting is my go-to adventure. I try to travel as much as I can and take photos of nature.
I attended Boise State University and got a bachelors in Health Science Studies, then went to medical school through the University of Washington School of Medicine (Idaho WWAMI program). From the beginning of medical school, I knew that I wanted to practice family medicine in a rural area. What better place to prepare me for that than Alaska?
I did a few clinical clerkships in Anchorage and Juneau which led me to fall in love with the Last Frontier. Alaska is a beautifully wild place that I can’t wait to explore!