“I hope to work together with my patients to assist them in achieving their self wellness goals, as well as providing compassionate medical care, to the best of my ability.”
Greeley County Health Services is proud to welcome Melissa Borthwick to the GCHS Provider team. Melissa graduated from Wichita State University with a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Melissa officially began seeing patients in the Greeley and Wallace County Clinics mid-August.
“Melissa is a great addition to our staff and also to our community. She has done a great job with our patients so far and we look forward to helping build her practice. She grew up in a rural community, so it is great to have another provider that understands the demands that come with living in rural America,” Drew Zerr, Clinic Manager said.
Melissa is very familiar with southwest Kansas. She was born and raised in Ulysses, Kansas, where a majority of her family still lives.
“I love the small town lifestyle. Tribune is such a friendly and welcoming place. I really enjoy living in western Kansas,” Melissa said, “I am a home-body and enjoy being close enough to home to go to family functions easily. I truly love the people of southwest Kansas. After having spent several years on the eastern half of the state, among other places for college, I appreciate how the people of western Kansas enjoy life at a slower pace. They are truly friendly and welcoming. Western Kansas is my home and my version of normal.”
Melissa completed high school and moved to Wichita to pursue her degree in the medical field. As part of the Physician Assistant training, Melissa and her fellow students had to undergo several different rotations, gaining experience in a variety of concentrations within the medical field.
“I always knew that family medicine suited me best as I enjoy treating people of all ages, and I really enjoy treating a variety of conditions throughout the day. I never really fell in love with one specialty over another so family medicine provided a little bit of everything,” Melissa said.
Throughout college, Melissa worked as a certified nurse aide gaining experience in the medical field. Melissa was a CNA at Parkview Assisted Living and at the Stanton County Hospital.
“Being a CNA definitely teaches you that every single member of the healthcare team is valuable, and it takes a team to provide good healthcare. Being a CNA also teaches compassion, which you have to have when you’re caring for people in some of their darkest hours of life. It also re-emphasizes the need and value of teamwork,” Melissa said.
Teamwork is very important to Melissa and played a large part in her decision-making process of coming aboard at Greeley County Health Services. Prior to committing to join GCHS, Melissa completed her final rural rotation in Tribune, so she was able to work with the GCHS providers and learn how our health system operates.
“I could not have asked for a better group of people to work alongside, especially as a new provider. They are all excellent teachers, truly care about their patients, and are more than willing to help me, and each other out whenever needed,” Melissa said.
Melissa is very passionate about her work as a Physician Assistant, and approaches her career as a life-work. Her motivation is to help others and serve them in their need.
“I hope to get well acquainted with my patients so I can provide them with great medical care,” Melissa said.
Melissa is the daughter of Bryan and Carla Borthwick of Ulysses, Kansas, and has one older brother. Melissa enjoys a variety of activities when she isn’t in practicing medicine including reading, crafting, camping, snowboarding, and other outdoor activities.
Melissa is seeing patients in both Greeley and Wallace County Family Practice Clinics. She will be available to see patients in Tribune on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and in Sharon Springs on Mondays and Wednesdays.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with Melissa or another provider, contact the Greeley County Family Practice Clinic at 620-376-4251 and the Wallace County Family Practice Clinic at 785-852-4230.