LocationPennsylvania, United States
CertificationsBSN, RN, DTN, PHTLS, CALS, BLS, and WFR
Melanie is a Registered Nurse, currently working in Arusha, Tanzania and most recently employed as an Advanced Life Support Medic for a medivac company based in Tanzania. Originally from Philadelphia, she has been living and working in East Africa since 2010. During her years in this region, she received a Diploma in Tropical Nursing while working in remote communities on Lake Victoria in Uganda. Over time she developed awareness of health needs, systems, and resource limitations, which has led her to shift her focus toward pre-hospital emergency and transport medicine. She is dedicated to equipping first responders with lifesaving skills in bush areas and recognizing their link in the greater picture of emergency and trauma response in vast resource limited settings across the East and Central African regions. In addition to her medivac roles, she consults to provide personal nursing care as well as first aid and trauma training to people working and or traveling in remote bush settings. In her spare time, she enjoys being active outdoors, riding motorbikes, exploring new areas, and she is committed to supporting conservation efforts in East and Central Africa.