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Melisa A. Laurits, PA-C

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My department:
Immune Deficiency

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Kaiser Permanente provider

I speak: English

My gender: Female

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About me

I was born and raised in Delaware and moved to Portland in 2000 to go to graduate school. My husband and I liked Portland so much that we decided to stay here and make it our home. I knew I wanted to practice medicine at a fairly young age, mostly because I had lost my mother to breast cancer at age 12. I wanted to help people stay healthy, help those who were ill get better, and help family members of those who were ill. During my sophmore year of college, I realized I wanted to be a physician assistant. That happened after meeting several physician assistants at a hospital I was volunteering at. I talked to physicians who said that if they could do it all again, they would have become a PAs. After college, I moved to Arizona and worked for the University of Arizona Rural Health Mobile Clinic. This was an amazing experience and opened my eyes to the world of community health and helping those who are uninsured and underinsured. I think it was there where my interest in being a primary care clinician was piqued. I really liked getting to know the people I was seeing. In 2000, I enrolled in the physician assistant program at Pacific University in Forest Grove. During my program, we had lecturers who were clinicians at Kaiser Permanente and I had the opportunity to do a couple of my clinical rotations at Kaiser Permanente. I really like Kaiser Permanente's focus on prevention, the community it served, its integrated health care system, and its use of technology. When I was getting ready to graduate from my physician assistant program, I interviewed for a position in primary care. I was fortunate to get the job, and I have been here ever since.

About my practice

As a physician assistant, I was trained in the model of teamwork. I try to work as a team with my patients, their families, and my colleagues. I also see my role as an educator. I will work together with my patients to figure out what is going on and help educate them on things we can do together to address their concerns. Solutions may include healthy eating, exercise, taking medication, seeking alternative approaches, or using tools available to them through the internet or our health education department. As a primary care provider I will do my best to help you stay healthy through preventitive measures and screening. I will do my best to evaluate and manage acute and chronic illness. I will tell you when I'm not sure what the answer is and do my best to find the answer and/or refer you to the most appropriate person to help us find the answer.

How I thrive

I thrive by watching my two little girls grow. I love the outdoors and take advantage of any opportunity I have to garden, go camping, or go to the coast or the mountains. I can't cook, but I love to experience the great food Portland has to offer or that my husband whips up. I have an interest in international health and hope to volunteer my medical services in developing countries once my girls are a little older and we can travel more.

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Medical Groups, Plans, and Networks

Northwest Permanente Physicians and Surgeons, PC

Immune Deficiency
3550 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97227
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  • 1-800-813-2000 (toll free)
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  • 503-813-2000
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My training, certifications & licensing

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Primary Care

Natl Comm On Certification of Physician Assistants

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Professional training

Primary Care

Pacific University
Forest Grove , OR

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My hospitals

I have admitting privileges at the following hospitals:

10180 Se Sunnyside Rd, Clackamas, OR 97015
2875 Nw Stucki Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124

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