About Melissa McGinnis

Welcome to my website! Here is a little information about myself to help you get to know me.

I am originally from Orange County, CA, and spent most of my life there. I completed my undergraduate training at UC Riverside and then moved to the island of Dominica for the first half of medical school. Being able to spend my first 16 months of medical school on a Caribbean island was an incredible journey that I never imagined I would take. Currently, I live in Tulsa, OK where I am completing my 3rd year as an internal medicine resident. While I enjoy Tulsa, I can’t tell you how much I miss the ocean!



It was during medical school that I met my husband, Marwan. We have been together for 6 years now, and are newlyweds. I am so fortunate to have married my best friend. He is also a 3rd year resident and we get to go through this crazy adventure together. We have one fur baby, Spike. He is a 10lb Bichon/Shih tzu mix and he is the boss around here. We are also expecting our first baby in May of 2017 and can’t wait to start this next adventure together!

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My Approach To Medicine

As I have transitioned through my medical career, I have witnessed a change in physicians. Doctors are no longer that older gentleman in a suit that is unapproachable and paternalistic. The younger generation is less inclined to wear the stiff white coat and we strive to work together with our patient. I named my blog StilettoMD to capture that newer image; a young female physician who likes fashion, food, and travel.

Why I Created This Blog

In creating a mutual relationship with patients, it is crucial to educate patients on the why and how, and not just give a diagnosis. When patients have a better understanding of the disease, they are much more likely to comply with recommendations and make lifestyle changes. This is so hard for physicians to do today with the time allocated by insurance companies to spend with each patient. Not everyone can get easy access to healthcare, some patients only like to seek help when they are severely ill, and sometimes, it is just too embarrassing to ask certain questions.

I created this blog as a way to discuss medical topics that are common, but not always addressed during a physician encounter. I don’t intend to take the place of your physician, but I hope to help you understand minor medical issues and how simple changes can help make day-to-day life more pleasant.

Hopefully, I can help bridge that knowledge gap, provide trusted resources, and make sense out of all that medical jargon.

With that said, if you have any questions or comments, send me a comment and I will help you get the answers you need!