She is a certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) who received her undergraduate degree from Cal State Long Beach in Physical Education with a certificate in Athletic Training in 1984. She completed her PA training at Western University of Health Sciences in 1995. Since moving to Maui in 1999, she has been working as a physician assistant in Family Practice/Urgent care with Maui Medical Group. Mel has over 40 yrs of experience in medicine as a medical assistant, EMT, athletic trainer and PA specializing in emergency medicine, gynecology, family practice and urgent care. She has been fortunate to have the opportunity to spend several months a year in NZ, where she and her husband have permanent residency; but Maui is their first home. Her hobbies include lap swimming, boogie boarding, surfing, sailing, gardening and getting together with friends. However, taking care of and treating the local community as well as the tourists here on Maui is her true passion. With her extensive medical background, she is a welcome member of the DOC team.