Melanie Steen, CNM, FNP
Melanie Steen is a certified nurse-midwife and board-certified family nurse practitioner. Her passion for women's health was ignited in nursing school during her maternity rotation. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas at Austin, Melanie started her career as a labor and delivery nurse at both a busy, high-risk hospital and a low-risk birth center. Providing education and support, she assisted many women and their families through the miracle of childbirth. She loved bedside nursing, but ultimately craved a deeper connection with her patients and a desire to provide holistic care for women and their families. After discovering the art of midwifery and its alignment with her personal beliefs of healthcare, Melanie began her journey to becoming an Advanced Practice Provider.
She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master of Science in Nursing degree specializing in Nurse Midwifery and Family Nurse Practitioner. After graduation, Melanie set off on a journey that would enhance her midwifery skills and spark a passion for serving vulnerable populations. She attended births as a midwife in a small community hospital in Tanzania, Africa. Faced with less than ideal circumstances, Melanie was challenged to provide care to families with minimal supplies as well as a huge language barrier.
Melanie believes in creating a partnership with her patients, instilling trust and a sense of autonomy. She loves educating and believes medical decisions belong to patients and their families. With her dual degree and certifications, Melanie advocates for holistic approaches to care, incorporating both primary care services and women's health in one. She highlights the importance of prevention by discussing healthy habits and encouraging early communication.
She is certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board and the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, Melanie is a "Texas girl" at heart but is loving the Deep South, having lived in Nashville and Charleston. Outside of work, Melanie enjoys exploring the outdoors, as well as traveling, discovering new restaurants, and caring for her pets.