Melissa Foster Rietz joined Pinon Family Practice in September 2016. She received her BSN in 2007 and her Master’s degree in 202 from the University of Michigan. She worked as a staff nurse from 2007-2012 in the Pediatric ICO and the Women’s Birth Center at the University of Michigan. A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, she is fluent in Spanish, has been involved in the education of Nurses and Nurse Practitioners as an instructor and preceptor for many years. Melissa is currently and Adjunct Instructor for San Juan College and the University of New Mexico. She is also a trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and performs examinations for Sexual Assault Services here in Farmington.
When she is not at work, Melissa can be found walking her two fur babies around the neighborhood with her husband, or transporting her daughter or her son to various sporting practices/events. Melissa practices yoga every morning and has been for more than 20 years. She always has a book on her nightstand which is not surprising considering she has an extensive list of publications and presentations herself on a wide variety of topics. Traveling adventures with her family and spending time with friends and extended family members round out the rest of her free time.