Melissa Knecht, FNP-C, is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Melissa has over 31 years of experience in the medical field. Melissa started her career as a CNA at the age of 14, then became a Certified Medical Assistant in her hometown of Oakes, ND. She quickly realized she wanted to learn more, therefore, she transitioned to the role of an LPN after graduating from NDSCS/STTC. Melissa didn’t stop there; she went on continuing her journey to an RN through the University of Mary. But her quest was not complete, her education would continue as she knew there was more to learn to help serve the lives of her patients. Melissa then advanced her education all the way to a Family Nurse Practitioner, with her Masters in Nursing, in 2012.
Melissa’s focus is on helping and making a difference in the lives of her patients. Over the years, she has worked in a variety of different specialties from medical weight loss, urgent care, dermatology, women’s health, family practice, aesthetic services, hospice, and mental health specialties. No matter the setting, her patient’s mental health along with their physical health needs are critical in identifying and helping to improve both on a daily basis.
Melissa has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience with anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, overcoming food addictions, disordered eating, anorexia, bulimia, emotional eating, to pre/post-menopausal changes that impact mental health and well-being. Melissa’s background and years of experience help her not only diagnose the condition at hand but gain the insight needed to apply appropriate medication management and treatment guidelines for the patient and their family. She will also discuss nutritional and lifestyle changes, as well as medical treatment options with her patients. Melissa has been certified with Sciton laser, which does Halo, Forever Young BBLs, acne treatments, and laser hair removal. She is also certified in Dr. PRP, from vampire facials to orthopedic injections and male and female sexual rejuvenation. She is a trained injector in neurotoxin to dermal fillers, bringing youth and beauty back into her clients lives. She has been doing medical aesthetics since 2013.
Melissa treats her patients as if they were her own family, serving patients in a manner she would want to be treated herself.
Melissa received both her undergraduate and master’s degree from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. While working in the Fargo-Moorhead area and advancing her degree and career experience, she has been raising her three beautiful children. In her free time, Melissa enjoys running, hot yoga, music, concerts, and reading. She loves the outdoors and lakes country, and also partaking in her children’s activities from music concerts, dance competitions, all the way to rodeos, as her children are as well rounded as her experience in the healthcare industry.