Dr. Nelson joined the MU-COM clinical faculty as an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine in June, 2015. She has a passion for teaching osteopathic clinical skills to first-year students and has assumed a leadership position in that area of the MU-COM curriculum.
Dr. Nelson earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1984 and completed her rotating internship the following year at Chicago Osteopathic Hospitals, with training at three sites - two inner city and one suburban. She earned and has maintained her certification from the American Osteopathic Board of Family Medicine.
Her professional experience includes private practice of family medicine, immediate/urgent care clinics, and employee-based primary care clinics. Most recently, she served on the active medical staff at the Community Health Network in Indianapolis.
Dr. Nelson has served in a variety of leadership positions. She was an Illinois delegate to the American Osteopathic Association’s House of Delegates, the policy governing body for the osteopathic medical profession. She also was a delegate to the American Osteopathic College of Family Physicians’ House of Delegates. She served the Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society as a Trustee and Co-Chair of the Review in Family Medicine continuing medical education program. She also was elected Secretary to the IOMA Physician Foundation.
Her teaching philosophy is to facilitate each individual’s innate abilities to achieve given goals and objectives through the communication of knowledge modeled behaviors and communicated attitudes. This applies at every level of ability, from special needs individuals to the most gifted students. A teacher’s job is to impart learning as an innate part of life…as a responsibility every individual has to utilize their given talents to the fullest extent possible.