• Family health care, 
including diagnosis 
and treatment of major 
and minor illness
    Family health care, including diagnosis and treatment of major and minor illness
  • Family health care, 
including diagnosis 
and treatment of major 
and minor illness
    Family health care, including diagnosis and treatment of major and minor illness

Certified FNPs ready to provide high quality healthcare in CG

June 03rd, 2015

Certified FNPs ready to provide high quality healthcare in CG

CASA GRANDE - There are two new faces at Sun Life Family Health Center, both of whom are ready to serve the Casa Grande area as certified medical providers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa Lee Ann Brown, FNP 

Melissa Lee Ann Brown is a family nurse practitioner (FNP) and started at Sun Life’s Casa Grande location on Arizola Road in May.

She began her nursing education with earning her Associates in Applied Science from Pima Community College in 2004, and then her Bachelor’s of Science in nursing from Grand Canyon University in 2009. She went on to complete back-to-back Master’s programs from Grand Canyon University: A Master’s of Science in Nursing in 2011 and her Master’s of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner in 2013.

Brown completed three rounds of clinical rotation throughout her education: She completed 160 hours as a Nurse Educator in 2011, one in adult primary care at the Lower Buckeye Jail in 2013, and in 2014 completed her rotations at Canton Pediatrics, New Horizons Ob/Gyn, Doctor Care, Innovative Primary Care, Express Urgent Care, and East Valley Gastroenterology.

She is board-certified and is also a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, National League for Nursing, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International: Nu Upsilon Chapter, and the National Hispanic Nurses Association.

Brown comes to Sun Life after two years as a clinical adjunct faculty member at Mesa Community College and four years as an undergraduate clinical adjunct faculty member at Grand Canyon University for critical care, medical surgical and pediatric rotations. She has also worked prior to that as a critical care registered nurse for five years at Chandler Regional Hospital and three years as a gastroenterology registered nurse at Premier Endoscopy.

Her top goals as a FNP at Sun Life is to meet the needs of the community and “to be my best and exceed in providing excellent healthcare.”

Melissa believes that her best qualities and skills that she brings to the Casa Grande community is that she considers herself a “people person.”

“I treat my patients as I would want my family to be treated,” she added. “While there are many challenges in nursing and in healthcare in general, I am always prepared. And the best part of my job is getting to know my patients, and doing anything I can to promote a healthy life, prevent disease, and be their partner in healing.”

After working for many years as an RN in the intensive care unit, she says that what she learned about disease and its effects on a patient’s quality of life has given her a great appreciation for having a healthy lifestyle.

“So, I want my patients to live a healthy life.”

Brown is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau: Nu Upsilon, and the National Hispanic Nurses Association.

When not helping her patients integrate healthy habits into their everyday life, Brown takes time to enjoy hobbies outside of work. She likes reading, exercising and hiking, “as well as spending any extra time with my nephews and nieces!”

She lives in Gilbert with her husband, Dr. Darryl Brown, and their children Dylan and Taylor. They share their home with a pit-bull named Oliver and a beabull named Carmella.

 

Kelly Griffin, FNP

Griffin earned her Associate’s of Science in Nursing from Southwestern Adventist University in 1991, and then pursued her Bachelor’s of science in nursing from the University of Phoenix where she graduated in 2007. She followed that accomplishment with earning her Master’s of science in nursing and Master’s of business administration from the University of Phoenix in 2011. Last year, she received her Family Nurse Practitioner Certification from the University of Phoenix. Her clinical rotations have given her much experience in a family practice environment, as well as women’s health.

She comes to Sun Life from Banner Health, where she worked for seven years in emergency department nursing.

She is board-certified, and is a member of the Arizona Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association.

The best qualities Griffin feels she brings to her position at Sun Life as a family nurse practitioner are the years of experience as an RN she has acquired, learning to assess her patients, and communicate to and then educate her patients.

When not aiding and educating patients at work, Mrs. Griffin enjoys doing “anything outdoors,” including photography, gold panning, rock collecting and tumbling, camping, marksmanship and archery.

She currently lives in San Tan Valley with her husband of 16 years, Charles, and their two children, Brandon, 18, and Bailey, 15. They share their home with a mini-schnauzer, Molly, and mini-aussie, Izzy.

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