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.
I enjoy hiking, biking and travelling with my husband and our daughters. We love to experience new art exhibits and museums together.
University of Iowa (PA program) | Iowa City, IA
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