Melissa is a native of the Estes Park area and she has a passion for helping people in her community live happier, healthier lives. She has a gift for helping people understand and overcome physical and emotional limitations. Since 2001, Melissa has helped hundreds of people overcome chronic health issues, ranging from depression and anxiety to hormonal imbalances to digestive disorders to chronic pain.
In her first year of college, Melissa experienced health issues that forced her to explore her own health and healing on many levels. During this process, she discovered Chinese Medicine, and with the guidance and treatment of an acupuncturist, she saw great improvements in her physical and emotional health. Her personal experiences with Chinese Medicine culminated a deep desire to dedicate her career path to helping others find their own sense of health and wellness.
Melissa attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins and was awarded a Master’s of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine in 2001 from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder. She is licensed to practice acupuncture in the state of Colorado. Since graduating from acupuncture school in 2001, Melissa has maintained her private practice in Estes Park. She also worked at McKee Center for Holistic Medicine for several years, where she worked as an acupuncturist in an integrated hospital setting. Here she also worked on a research project, providing treatment and performing data collection on a study related to the side effects of chemotherapy for patients at the McKee Cancer Center. Through this position, Melissa also helped open an acupuncture and massage clinic in Windsor at a family physician’s office. Aside from her private practice, Melissa also currently works at the Harmony Foundation, where she provides group acupuncture to clients recovering from substance abuse. She is also a past Board Member for the Estes Park Medical Center Foundation, helping to support the Estes Park Medical Center and the community.
In her free time, Melissa is an endurance athlete, and uses Rocky Mountain National Park as her playground for training for marathons and triathlons. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, her two children, and her two dogs. She looks forward to welcoming you to her practice, and helping you to achieve your health goals!