Dr. Mitchell received her nursing degree from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in 2011 and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner degree from University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2018.
Melissa is a board certified women’s health nurse practitioner, which means she has advanced academic and clinical training that has prepared her to provide care for a woman along her lifespan. Working in collaboration with Dr. Durham, Melissa provides high-quality, individualized care for her patient’s needs.
“Gynecology” refers to a woman’s general health care, and “obstetrics” is care for pregnancy. As a women’s health nurse practitioner in an OBGYN Alton IL office, Melissa helps her patients choose the healthcare and family-planning options that make sense for them on an individual basis.
An important part of healthcare is preventive medicine. Melissa performs regular checkups, which include annual pelvic exams, Pap smears, breast exams and mammograms when appropriate-to aid in early detection of potential problems. She also cares for women who experience health problems and performs several procedures in office. Melissa orders and interprets lab studies and imaging when indicated for care. She refers patients to Dr. Durham for surgical interventions or when appropriate.
An informed patient is a more satisfied patient.
Educating patients is an important part of the AMS philosophy. This means explaining your treatment in detail, providing you with literature on your illness or treatment, and generally making certain that you understand the care that is prescribed for you.
We’re here when you need us.
We try to schedule appointments that are convenient for you. Our office is open from 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday through Friday. To make an appointment, call and tell the receptionist or nurse exactly why you wish to see the doctor. It will help us schedule the right amount of time. If you are late for your appointment, we will try to accommodate you, but it may be necessary to reschedule. There will be a $50 charge for all missed appointments without prior notification.