Residents Melissa Medley, DO My name is Melissa Medley. Growing up in the Springfield area, I attended the CoxHealth Medical Explorers program for high school students. Through this program, I developed a love for all aspects of the medical field, including global healthcare. I participated in multiple medical trips overseas, varying from El Salvador to Haiti to Iraq, throughout my high school and undergraduate time. I graduated from Evangel University in 2019 and continued my education by attending medical school at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine in Jonesboro, Arkansas.During my time in medical school, I married the love of my life, Corbin Medley, and we now have two dogs who are spoiled rotten, named Luka and Finnigan. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, and swimming. My husband and I are looking forward to being back in the area, especially for the Springfield cashew chicken, Pineapple Whip and our Nakato date nights.I decided to go into Family Medicine for a multitude of reasons; the main reason is my love of relationships with my patients. I love getting to know each person and being able to treat them holistically. Within the field, I believe the CoxHealth Family Medicine Residency creates a family-like environment that challenges the residents, as well as gives them the support and kindness necessary for success. I am very excited to practice as a resident physician at the hospital where I was born.