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Melissa Hessock

Dr. Hessock earned a DNP from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and an MSN with a family nurse practitioner concentration from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.  She began her career as a registered nurse with an AASN from Northern Virginia Community College and completed her BSN at Troy State University in Alabama.

Dr. Hessock teaches in the undergraduate programs at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and mentors DNP students as they complete their scholarly projects.  Her professional interests include women’s health, adolescent gynecology, contraception, and breastfeeding.  Her scholarly work has focused on implementation of evidence-based Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer risk assessment and genetic referral.  She serves on the College of Nursing undergraduate curriculum committee.

Additionally, Dr. Hessock is an active member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH), the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA) and Sigma Theta Tau.

Dr. Hessock continues to practice prn as a nurse practitioner in an obstetrics and gynecology practice in middle Tennessee.