Why I Became a Doctor
I became a doctor so that I could provide the kind of care to my patients that I wish my mom had been able to receive. My mother became paralyzed from the neck down when I was in elementary school and she developed a variety of chronic conditions, being unable to move. While she had some great doctors, I always wished that she had a doctor that would spend more time with her, coordinate her care and really help her with her many problems. Unfortunately, Mom passed away before my medical career was underway and I was never able to truly help her. Fortunately, I have been able to use my compassion and medical knowledge to help others who needed someone to care about them.
During my years of medical training, I was able to do medical volunteer work in both Mexico and Africa. In Juarez, Mexico, we were working with a very poor, under-served community that really needed our medical help, and it was special to be able to make a difference in their lives. While volunteering in Zambia, Africa, I worked at a make shift clinic, treating patients who had walked miles to receive medical care because there were no doctors available where they lived. It was a world very different from the way we live in the US and helped me to realize how truly blessed we are to live here.
After residency, I began working in Brenham, Texas, in a multi-physician primary care practice. In the office, I saw patients with a broad range of illnesses ranging from simple sore throats to patients with complicated chronic conditions. I was also primarily responsible for taking care of those patients admitted to the hospital by our practice.
Nine years ago, I accepted a position as a Hospitalist with the largest multi-specialty practice in Austin. As a Hospitalist, I only saw patients who had been admitted to the hospital and treated them for a very diverse range of illnesses. While I was the primary doctor for all of my patients, I was also responsible for bringing in and coordinating all care provided by specialists. While it was very satisfying to help patients with complicated illnesses get better, I missed being able to develop a relationship with my patients over time, since I no longer treated them after they were discharged. At Premier Health MD, my goal is to bring my experience in both clinical and hospital settings to my patients and develop relationships with them that last a lifetime.
Dr. Melissa Miller
B.S. in Biochemistry, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, 1999
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX, 2003
Residency and Internship
Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX, 2006
Board Certified in Internal Medicine
Why I Became a Nurse Practitioner
I have been a nurse for 14 years, but my interest in the profession goes back long before I took my first college course. Growing up outside a small town in rural Texas, I learned early on how important it is for people to take care of each other. I decided as a young girl that I would become a nurse, both to help people when they needed it most and to give them the kind of personal, responsive attention that reflects the best of my small-town roots.
Medical Volunteer Work
After working as an RN in a variety of settings, ranging from a children’s camp in the Colorado mountains to the chaos of a trauma center ER, I made the most transformative decision of my life by volunteering to serve as a medical missionary in Honduras. I was thousands of miles from home, but in many ways, it felt like a homecoming. My first job involved setting up a new hospital in a small mountain village: the landscape and language were different, but the need for quality healthcare was the same as back home, and our patients often traveled even farther to receive critical healthcare services.
While helping run the new hospital, I also worked in the traveling medical brigade that brought basic hospital services to the region’s remotest villages. Somewhere between carrying medications in my backpack, leading donkeys laden with medical supplies, and delivering care to patients who had gone far too long without formal medical services, I decided to pursue the training that would allow me to deliver even more comprehensive care to my patients, wherever they might be. That meant studying to become a nurse practitioner.
Five years after I first set foot in Honduras, I returned to the US to study for my nurse practitioner certification. I earned my Masters of Science in Nursing degree in 2018, then spent the next year providing outpatient care at an internal medicine practice in Shreveport, LA.
At Premier Health MD
My family relocated to Austin in the spring of 2020—a difficult time for everyone and an especially important one for healthcare workers. I am privileged to work with Dr. Miller at Premier Health MD, and share her vision of health care that is personal, compassionate, and responsive. Just as importantly, I am eager to get to know our patients and to help them address their current health needs and achieve their long-term health goals.
Brandi Compton, FNP
ADN in Registered Nursing, McLennan College, Waco, TX 2006
BSN in Registered Nursing, University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX, 2016
Nurse Practitioner School
Masters of Science in Nursing, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX, 2018
Specialty and Certification
Family Nurse Practitioner