Melissa Hansen, MD
- Newborn care
- Preventive health
I am a board-certified pediatrician with professional interests in newborn care, preventive health and immunizations.
Hometown: Bethlehem, PA
I'm passionate about: living each day to the fullest and trying to learn something new every day.
If I wasn't a pediatrician, I would be a: photographer for National Geographic. It would allow me to travel all over the world, and meet people from many cultures and backgrounds.
My favorite movie and book is: The Princess Bride. I can't imagine reaching an age where I'll stop enjoying this story.
My favorite destination is: Canyonlands National Park. It's so beautiful and peaceful.
I knew I wanted to become a pediatrician: when I was five years old. My parents never said I couldn't do it, so I worked hard to be where I am today.
Something I've learned from my patients is: that kids are incredibly resilient, but also quite articulate. I like hearing from them what is right or wrong with their body.
One of the challenges of my career I enjoys is: that every day is different. This job is not run of the mill. I especially like the days where I need to do some research and continue to learn more about medicine.
My personal health goal is: to stay in good enough shape so I don't have to buy new clothing.
The best thing I've done for my health: is becoming a vegetarian. There's a strong history of cancer in my family, and my diet is one risk factor that is completely in my control.
I'm most proud that: my parents are proud of me.
Personal achievements: Completing the Hot Dash 10-mile race twice.
Years of experience
- Mercy Hospital
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