A Macon native, Melissa Bozarth began her career in healthcare 14 years ago as a nurse extern on the oncology floor at Coliseum Medical Center. She then worked as a procedure room technician at the Endoscopy Center of Middle Georgia while finishing her undergraduate nursing degree. Melissa started her nursing career 11 years ago as a Registered Nurse in the operating room at Coliseum Medical Center and then moved to the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at The Medical Center of Central Georgia. Combining her critical care and surgical experience, she then transitioned to the Cardiovascular Operating Room (CVOR). While working full-time in the CVOR, she also worked part-time at Renaissance Plastic Surgery. After becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Melissa became a surgical first assistant in cardiothoracic, vascular, and endovascular surgery at Macon Cardiovascular Institute. Melissa then migrated into Orthopedic Spine Surgery at OrthoGeorgia. Today, she assists Dr. Martin in general surgery. In addition to assisting in surgery, you will find Melissa rounding on patients in the hospital, as well as seeing patients in the office.
Melissa earned her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in nursing, at Macon State College. She also holds a degree in chemistry from The University of Georgia. She matriculated to Georgia College & State University, completing a Masters of Science in nursing in 2012, and is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, the Association of Operating Room Nurses, and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Melissa enjoys painting, reading, taking her Goldendoodle “Fozzie” on outings, attending sporting events, and going to concerts.