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EvergreenHealth Spine & Neurosurgical Care
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12039 NE 128th Street, Suite 500
Kirkland, WA 98034
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Melissa Payson is the physician assistant for orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Mark Freeborn.
Melissa Payson, PA-C started her career working with spinal deformity pioneer, Dr. David Bradford at UCSF. While at UCSF she participated in data collection for studies including the SPORT trial and Prodisc-L FDA trial. She then worked in private practice for many years prior to joining EvergreenHealth. Currently, she evaluates patients in the clinic to provide both operative and non-surgical treatment options. She also first assists in the operating room, rounds on patients after surgery, and sees patients at their return visits for after-surgery care. She takes a special interest in bone health and osteoporosis.
I believe patients should play an active role in their health care. I prefer to give patients as much information as needed to make informed health care decisions. Not every patient seen in the clinic would benefit from spine surgery so I enjoy helping patients understand their condition and treatment options. For those patient who would potentially benefit from surgery, I try to adequately prepare them by explaining the procedure, recovery, and anticipated outcome.
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I enjoy hiking, biking and travelling with my husband and our daughters. We love to experience new art exhibits and museums together.
BS Biochemistry and Studio Art, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX; MPAS Physician Assistant Studies, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
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39 patients rated this physician.

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Reviewed on December 20, 2017

Melissa is one of my favorite medical personnel. I've visited with many doctors in the past, she is my top 2 doctors to visit!
Reviewed on December 6, 2017

All good except the busyness of office.
Reviewed on June 16, 2017

Really excellent at conversing with me regarding my back issue and formulating the best solution.