Friday, September 28, 2018

Care for Women—Moore is gaining a new nurse practitioner.

Melisa Dean, MSN, APRN, WHNP-BC, is the newest addition to the Care for Women—Moore team, joining Marilyn Appiah, DO, and John Cherry, DO, at Norman Regional Moore, 700 S. Telephone Rd., Suite 401.

Dean attended Northwestern State University in Louisiana, where she received her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and became an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) and a board certified women’s health nurse practitioner (WHNP-BC).

She moved to Oklahoma from Louisiana with her husband and three daughters. Her goal in joining the team at Norman Regional is to integrate her knowledge and passion for infertility into her new practice and continue learning how to provide the best care for women in the community.

Dean chose to become a healthcare provider after working as a labor and delivery nurse for almost three years.

“After working with women at such a pivotal time in their lives, I wanted to be involved in their care throughout their entire lifespan,” Dean said. “Medicine is my passion because of its ability to truly change a person’s outcome.”

Dean is stepping into her role at Care for Women—Moore with six years of reproductive endocrinology and infertility experience, which she said is a huge part of who she is as a provider.

“The ability to help families achieve their goal of having children is something that gives me great pride and joy,” Dean said. “I hope my patients walk away with a sense that they have a true partner in their healthcare and clear understanding of their individual plan of care.”

No matter the diagnosis, Dean said she always tries to focus on the positive and remind the patient that they are a team.

Aside from medicine, Dean loves plants and gardening, enjoys Mexican food, and is obsessed with ocean life, especially orca whales.

“It’s my dream to see them in the wild,” she said.

She also loves traveling to New Orleans and celebrating Mardi Gras.

Dean is now accepting patients at Care for Women—Moore. The office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, and 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays. To schedule an appointment with Dean, call 405-793-2229.