It’s no secret that medical school is hard work, but that didn’t stop Winters resident, Dr. Melissa Marshall, from pursuing her dream. Marshall was a single, stay-at-home-mother when she decided to take a leap of faith and dive head first into medical school. It was her determination, passion and midwestern work ethic that fueled her educational journey and career in the medical industry. It’s no surprise that she is now the Chief Executive Officer of CommuniCare Health Center in Davis. CommuniCare Health Center, formally known as Davis Free Clinic, is a Federally Qualified Health Center that was established in 1972 by Dr. John H. Jones. CommuniCare Health Center is known for their ability to provide healthcare to anyone within their community regardless of insurance or financial ability. “I feel very lucky to be part of CommuniCare Health Center”, said Marshall. Dr. Marshall explained that Communicare Health Center provided over 130,000 patient visits in 2017 and serves approximately one in every nine residents of Yolo County. In addition to medical and substance abuse care, Communicare Health Center also provides health education and outreach services at local colleges and shelters. “There is a really strong demand for quality community healthcare programs and we are actively working on an expansion project so that we can continue to meet that strong demand,” said Marshall. To say that Dr. Marshall worked extremely hard to become CEO of CommuniCare Health would be an understatement. With a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Stanford University, Marshall started from scratch when she was accepted into medical school at Washington University School of Medicine in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Marshall graduated from Washington University School of Medicine with honors and once again found herself back in California, where she completed her residency program in Family Medicine at the UC Davis. “You have to want it. If it takes you one step closer to your goal it is worth the hard work” said Marshall. She attributes a lot of her success to her determination. Upon completion of her Residency program at UC Davis, Marshall returned to St. Louis, where she focused on specializing in family medicine. As Marshall grew comfortable with her career and treating patients she began to develop a passion for medical policy and advocacy. This is when her career shifted from a focus in practicing medicine to impacting hospital policy and improving quality outcomes and patient safety. Marshall began searching for a position where she could consistently advocate for patients and make a difference in the world of medicine, and once again she found herself back in California. This is when she fell in love and established her home in Winters. “I never imagined that I would end up coming back to California, yet alone a small city like Winters. But I love Winters and the feeling of belonging to a tight knit community,” said Marshall. As a wife, mother of 5 and Chief Executive Officer of Federally Qualified Health Care Center, Marshall’s story is a reminder that anything is possible with hard work, determination and passion. ]]>
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