ABOUT MELISSA DISHMAN, CNM
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Midwife Melissa Dishman is a person who takes action seriously. To date, she’s participated in eight medical mission trips to Central America providing care to women in need, something she’s extremely proud of having been a part of. On the home front, she has worked tirelessly to with countless women to navigate labor and delivery and post-natal care.
Her deep and rich experiences gained during nearly a decade of healthcare service have been rewarding, she says.
“Gratefulness and appreciation of my patients has been one of the most rewarding parts of my career.”
“I’ve enjoyed being able to educate women and support them as they make healthcare decisions about their own bodies.”
She began her career in labor and delivery, having spent more than seven years in the hospital setting prior to joining MacArthur Medical Center. During her career, she’s been a part of countless births, which she finds to be an amazing experience. The entire birth experience is awe-inspiring, she says; the ability of a woman to grow and birth another human, is deeply inspiring and drives her approach to care. Likewise, she also feels it important to become a patient advocate and work to empower women during one of the most vulnerable, yet pivotal, times in their lives.
Melissa is a native Kansan, but found “home” when she moved to DFW in 2011 after graduating from nursing school. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and her master’s degree from Texas Tech University. She is a two-time recipient of the President’s Nursing Scholarship, awarded to a Texas Tech University student with a commitment to achieving high standards in the nursing program.
“Midwifery just seemed like the natural choice for me. It’s been a perfect fit, and I can’t imagine doing anything else.”
As a midwife, she provides gynecological and reproductive healthcare to women from puberty to menopause, specializing in obstetrics. She is a firm believer of labor and birth remaining a natural process that sometimes requires medical intervention rather than a medical procedure that sometime happens naturally.
In addition to serving and taking action to help the women of the world receive the best care possible, Melissa is an avid traveler – hence, her multiple healthcare mission trips. She travels as much as her schedule allows, but still finds time to root for the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team. She’s also quite fond of exploring Dallas, meeting its people and learning about their culture and experiences here.