Melissa received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa in 2004 and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Iowa in 2009. Her post-graduate experience has involved crisis counseling, medical social work, geriatric social work, hospice social work, and school social work. Her areas of interest are medical social work and geriatric social work. Melissa also has an interest in immigration, and her fluency in Spanish aided in her ability to translate for hospitals in Cedar Rapids, Iowa through the Humble Language Institute.