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Local Woman Realizes a Dream

Lana Melanko, R.N., Group Practice Coordinator of Morristown Family Medicine, is pleased to announce the recent addition of Carissa Allen, PA-C, Physician Assistant, to the Morristown Family Medicine staff.

Mrs. Allen grew up in Barnesville, surrounded by a large family, and is a graduate of Barnesville High School. She attended Marietta College where she received a Bachelors degree in Health Sciences and graduated in July with a Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Recently married to Blake Allen, they reside in Barnesville.

When asked what stimulated her interest in healthcare, Carissa said, My mother is a nurse and I was able to witness firsthand the difference that she made in peoples lives. She has shared with me the joys she has experienced through healthcare and it made me realize that this is an amazing career to be in.

My most gratifying healthcare experiences, according to Mrs. Allen, have come from being able to work with local doctors and provide healthcare to people I have known my entire life. This is part of the reason I am so excited to be working with Dr. Durkalski and Dr. Roe at Morristown Family Medicine.

Mrs. Allen believes one of the biggest challenges facing healthcare today is the integration of new technology into daily practice. She understands that, while adjusting to change is difficult for both patients and healthcare staff, it is a definite benefit in providing safe, efficient healthcare to patients.

With a special interest in womens health and pediatrics, Carissa will be seeing patients of all ages and backgrounds at Morristown Family Medicine. She will work with the practices of Dr. Joseph Durkalski and Dr. Shaun Roe.

Morristown Family Medicine is part of Belmont Professional Associates. BPA is a multi-specialty physician group serving the area. BPA is a subsidiary of Barnesville Hospital. To schedule an appointment, call (740) 782-1031.

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