Melissa A. Hardesty, APRN
Specialties: Family Medicine
Areas of Expertise Asthma, Child Behavioral Health, Heart Failure, High Blood Pressure, Obesity/Weight Loss Management, Well Child Care, Women's Health
Medical Education Illinois State University (Bloomington, IL)
Board Certification(s) American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Philosophy of Care I provide individualized care, forming a partnership with my patients and their families to provide them not only the highest quality care but educating them on their health care.
Melissa began her career with OSF HealthCare at age 17, working as a unit secretary and monitor technician. After becoming a nurse practitioner, she knew it was where she wanted to return.
“I loved working for OSF and believed in the Mission and Vision as a Catholic health care system,” she said. “OSF always puts the patient first regardless of their ability to pay.”
Melissa credits her own pediatrician for her desire to pursue a career in family medicine.
“He was a great mentor and role model as to what an excellent health care provider exemplified,” she said. “He taught me what true compassion, trust, respect and empathy was. I knew I wanted to care for people in that same way and that led me to where I am today.”
Appointments with Melissa are patient-centered. “I am here to advocate for you in coordinating your care throughout the health care system.”
When not working, she is active with her two sons and their sports. Melissa enjoys traveling – especially aboard a cruise ship – and visits Disney at least once a year.
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4.8 Star Rating (43 Reviews)
5.0/5 ( Apr 15, 2020)
Missy was great! She spent time asking questions, listened to my concerns, gave feedback was very knowledgeable in her answers and made sure I understood. They were quick to call with test results, so I could get medication.
5.0/5 ( Apr 2, 2020)
Melissa was very helpful & helped me understand my symptoms.
4.95/5 ( Mar 20, 2020)
She was very sympathetic to my condition.
5.0/5 ( Mar 18, 2020)
Melissa had read my chart beforing the room. She was very professional and answered all our questions. She reviewed my meds and ordered refills.