Melissa K. Brandes, MD
Dr. Brandes started Green Mountain internal Medicine, PLC in September 2017. She has been practicing internal medicine in Vermont since October, 2000, and has worked both in private practice and at the Community Health Center of Burlingtpn at Goodhealth before starting her own practice. Her educational background includes receiving her BS at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY in 1993 and her medical degree at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY in 1997. She completed her residency at the University of Vermont Medical Center in 2000.
Her practice interests center around wellness, disease prevention, and women’s health. Dr. Brandes strives to provide patient-focused care and empower you to achieve wellness through personalized goals. By taking the take 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.
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 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