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Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

Melanie F. Estrella

Undergraduate Studies: BA in Biology, Colby College

“I was raised an athlete.  The relationship between the musculoskeletal system and the body’s ability to function is one for which I have strong appreciation.  This fundamental principle of osteopathic medicine, in addition to its emphasis on primary care and preventive medicine, made the decision to pursue an osteopathic medical education simple.

“PNWU-COM is committed to improving accessibility to health care for rural and underserved populations.  This has also been a personal goal of mine since witnessing the challenges my mother faced as a cancer patient living in rural New Hampshire.  My ambitions to promote health care and community wellness were further incentivized by the way in which the residents of our small town so generously supported my family during this time.    

“PNWU-COM has chosen well-respected physicians and professionals who not only prepare us academically, but also emphasize the development of their students in become caring and compassionate physicians.”