About

Melissa K. Brandes, MD

Melissa Brandes, MD established Green Mountain Internal Medicine, PLC in  2017.  Her educational background includes a BS from Cornell University in 1993 and medical degree from Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse in 1997.   She completed her residency at the University of Vermont Medical Center and became Board certified in internal medicine in 2000.  Since then, she has been working as a primary care provider in the Burlington area.  She has worked in private practice at Vermont Internal Medicine in Burlington for 13 years before joining the Community Health Center- Goodhealth in S. Burlington in 2013.  After 4 years she returned to private practice.

Dr Brandes’ practice interests center around wellness, disease prevention, and women’s health.  She strives to provide patient-focused and evidence-based care that will empower you to achieve wellness through personalized goals.   By taking the time to better understand all the factors affecting your health, she will help determine which approach is best suited to you.   She looks forward to partnering with you in optimizing your health.

Melissa Barrup, FNP

Melissa Barrup, FNP joined Green Mountain Internal Medicine in July 2022.  She previously worked at Springfield Community Health Center Internal Medicine in Springfield, Vermont and Colchester Family Practice in Colchester, Vermont.  She graduated from the University of Vermont in 2000 with a BS in Psychology and Biology.  She then moved to Boston and worked for 6 years in clinical Alzheimer’s disease research at Boston University School of Medicine before attending Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions and completing her BSN and MS in Nursing in 2011.  She is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and has been in practice for 14 years.

She believes in the importance of the patient-provider relationship.  She strives to provide a safe and welcoming space within that relationship so that patients can partner with her in their health.  She strongly believes that medical care should be patient-centered and evidence-based.  Her goal is to support all patients in their journey for wellness.

Melissa has a strong passion for Gerontology.  She is also an LGBTQIA+ ally.

Other Providers

  • Sarah Nadeau, ARNP
  • Nicholas Fredette, DNP

Welcome to Green Mountain Internal Medicine, PLC, your Patient Centered Medical Home

What is a medical home?

A medical home is a model of primary care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality and safety. It encourages providers and care teams to meet patients where they are, from the most simple to the most complex conditions. It is a place where patients are treated with respect, dignity, and compassion, and enable strong and trusting relationships with providers and staff. It is a model for achieving primary care excellence so that evidenced-based care is received in the right place, at the right time, and in the manner that best suits a patient’s needs.

Features of a medical home include the following:

-Patient-centered: A partnership among practitioners, patients, and their families ensures that decisions respect patients’ wants, needs, and preferences, and that patients have the education and support they need to make decisions and participate in their own care.

-Comprehensive: A team of care providers is wholly accountable for a patient’s physical and mental health care needs, including prevention and wellness, acute care, and chronic care.

-Coordinated: Care is organized across all elements of the broader health care system, including specialty care, hospitals, home health care, community services and supports.

-Accessible: Patients are able to access services with shorter waiting times, “after hours” care, and 24/7 electronic or telephone access.

-Committed to quality and safety: Clinicians and staff enhance quality improvement to ensure that patients and families make informed decisions about their health

As a medical home you can expect the following:

  • We will take care of your health care needs when you are sick, and we will help you stay well
  • We will plan your care and set goals for care, now and in the future
  • We will talk with you about any testing and treatments that you may need
  • We will work with you and other  care providers to coordinate care who will provide you with resources, education, and information regarding
    medications, specialist, Community Health Team resources, home care,
    equipment and vendors, support services for you and your family, and
    other key local services as the need arises

You can access us online through our portal here.

For patients requiring urgent evaluation, we provide same-day appointments and our staff will work very hard to meet your needs. Follow up appointments will be scheduled within one month or sooner if clinically indicated. Physicals will be scheduled within one year of your previous Health maintenance examination when the next physical appointment is available.

You will get the most out of your appointment if you do the following:

  • Bring in a detailed medication list or even the bottles of medication in with you

  • Be prepared to share how you are doing and any new issues you may be having