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“What I love the most about my job are my patients. I am motivated by the challenge of helping them to balance health care with lifestyle modification and medicine to achieve optimal wellness.”

Melissa Rice, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, FNP-C

Family Medicine

Accepting New Patients — Call 541.640.7625

Throughout her life, Melissa Rice has always been committed to community service. “The desire to give back to the community is what motivated me to become a nurse.” Not only is Melissa dedicated to helping her patients lead healthy lifestyles with the support and guidance of her compassionate and attentive care, but she also continues to support her community through her participation of a wide variety of philanthropic organizations, such as the Oregon Food Pack and her local church. It is her humanitarian spirit and commitment to helping others lead their best possible lives that Melissa’s patients find so comforting about her vital role in their own lives.

Melissa graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. After graduation, Melissa brought her comprehensive approach to health care to patients in a wide variety of settings and locations. She served as a General Bedside

Caregiver in the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, Tennessee. From 2008 to 2014 she dedicated her clinical expertise to her roles as a Case Manager and Clinical Educator at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga.

Fueled by a desire for continual improvement, Melissa chose to go back to school in 2015. She earned her Master of Science degree from Simmons University’s (formerly Simmons College) Family Nurse Practitioner Program in 2018 and then moved to Oregon to work as a Clinical Educator at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart at Riverbend in Springfield and the University District.

Today, Melissa is proud to be a part of the clinical patient care team at Eugene Urgent Care where she brings expertise in women’s health, adolescent care, and diabetes. “I believe that the Primary Care Partners team at Eugene Urgent Care and is like no other in the area, particularly in its desire to provide safe, evidence-based care for optimum outcomes for the community. The most important thing that I want my patients to understand is that they should always advocate for their health and see their primary care provider at least once a year.”

When not providing patient care or volunteering in the community, Melissa can be found spending time with her husband and son, and their Corgi in their home in Eugene, or challenging her mind. “I am a mathematician at heart, and I love puzzles!”

  • Master of Science Degree in Nursing, Simmons College, Boston, MA, 2018
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, The University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, TN, 2003
  • PeaceHealth Sacred Heart | Clinical Educator | Riverbend and University District locations | Eugene, OR | 2014 – 2018
  • Memorial Hospital | Clinical Educator | Chattanooga, TN | 2008 – 2014
  • Memorial Hospital | Case Manager | Chattanooga, TN | 2008 – 2011
  • Sumner Regional Medical Center | Charge Nurse, Bedside Caregiver, General Intensive Care Unit | Gallatin, TN | 2006 – 2007
  • Duke University | Bedside Caregiver, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Travel Nurse  Assignment | Durham, NC | 2005
  • Erlanger Medical Center | General Bedside Caregiver, Neuromedical/Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit| Chattanooga, TN | 2003 – 2005
  • Advance Practice Registered Nurse, Oregon
  • Registered Nurse, Oregon
  • Critical Care Registered Nurse Certification
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification
  • Oregon Food Pack,  2015
  • Run to Feed 5K Event Support, 2014
  • American Heart Walk Event Support, 2012 – 2014
  • Church Volunteer, Food Donations and Child Mentor, 2011 – 2014
  • Gastroenterology Clinic Volunteer Educator, 2006 – 2007
  • Woman’s Health Screening Volunteer Educator, 2003
Nova Health
Pleasant Hill
"My care from Melissa is the best and most personal care I have received from a provider in a very long time. She is amazing and so is her team. Thank you for your true concern and care for your patients."
– Susan B.
"Melissa Rice is incredibly knowledgeable and easy to talk to. I finally feel like I've found a doctor who listens to me."
– Sarah D.