Melissa is a mental health counselor (TLMHC), chemical dependency counselor (IADC), and a registered nurse (RN-BSN). She received her Bachelor’s in Addiction Studies from the University of South Dakota and Bachelor’s in Nursing from the University of Sioux Falls. She received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Melissa has worked as a registered nurse at Pine Rest’s inpatient hospital, focusing on acute mental health crises, chemical dependency withdrawal, and chronic coexisting medical conditions. She has also worked with adolescents in the juvenile detention system, providing inpatient chemical dependency treatment.
Melissa is passionate about helping adolescent and adult individuals, while also providing couples and family therapy. She specializes in supporting those who are managing chronic health co-morbidities. Her specialties include anxiety, depression, trauma, personality trait concerns, marital discord, addiction, parenting skills, and matters involving teenage behavior dysfunction.