Melissa received her Bachelor's of Science in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University, and subsequently earned a Masters of Social Work degree from Arizona State. She is currently licensed through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW).
With a passion of supporting others through some of their hardest days, Melissa began a career as a medical social worker in the human healthcare system. After several years in human health, the opportunity presented itself to transfer over to veterinary medicine. Melissa joined the AVECCC team in 2021, becoming the first Veterinary Social Worker in the state of Arizona.
When not at work, Melissa enjoys playing and making memories with her husband and three sons. Her favorite self-care activities include tending her garden and getting creative in the kitchen. Melissa also shares her home with a German Shepherd, Lambeau, and orange tabby, Archie. Don’t let them tell you differently – these two are best friends!