Melinda Belcher, PA

Melinda Belcher, PA

Advanced Health Practitioner,Orthopedics
Accepting new patients


Professional Profile

Like so many others, I did not always dream of a career in medicine as a child (I actually wanted to be an architect). Instead, the passion to work in medicine found me after years of injuries that sidelined me from participating in sports in high school. I started out as a certified athletic trainer in 1992, working first for hospital-based clinics and high school athletic departments in Florida and South Carolina, and then with a NCAA Division III college in North Carolina. The highlight of my early Sports Medicine career was a six-week assignment I had at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, serving at the men’s and women’s field hockey venues.

It was through my experiences as an athletic trainer that I learned about the Physician Assistant profession. I wanted to challenge myself further and assist in surgery so, becoming a Physician Assistant seemed to be a natural progression. I was attracted to the team approach among providers and the advanced level of care I would be able to offer to a diverse group of patients.

Over the more than 15 years I have been practicing in orthopedics, I have come to see my Physician Assistant role as an extension of the physicians I work with. Together we expand access to care and improve the outcomes for our patients. I can evaluate patients, order testing and labs, interpret these results, recommend treatment, have direct involvement in their surgery and hospitalization, and follow up on how they are doing long term. This team approach allows us to broaden outreach into the community. In addition to caring directly for my patients, I have come to enjoy being a member of a dynamic healthcare network, like NorthBay HealthCare and contributing to administration and policy making, as well as committing myself to life-long learning.

I care deeply about my patients and want each patient to sense they are being treated as an individual, and that I value, above all, their trust in me. I don’t take it for granted. I strive to keep things lighthearted and really enjoy laughing and bonding with my patients and co-workers. I pride myself on listening to my patients, considering their needs, and offering hones and compassionate care. I work to make sure each patient is well-informed about their diagnosis and understands their options.

I first practiced in North Carolina for four years and spent the past 12 in Colorado. I am new to California and am excited about exploring it in my free time. When I am not at work, I enjoy photography, wine, and outdoor sporting activities like hiking, kayaking and cycling.

Locations:

1010 Nut Tree Rd.
Suite 200
Vacaville, California 95687

Education:

PA Studies, Drexel Universtiy, Philadelphia, PA MS, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
Languages Spoken:

  • English

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