Melissa Clift

Nov 23, 2020 / Pediatric Developmental Disabilities

Get to Know our Staff: Melissa Clift, Pediatric Developmental Disabilities

What is your role at Scottish Rite for Children? 
I serve as a nurse practitioner in the Pediatric Developmental Disabilities (PDD) department and focus primarily on our patients with spina bifida. On Monday's, I assist with the intake of our new patients. Tuesday's, I work with patients coming for their routine visits and on Wednesday's, I wrap things up to pass the baton to the other nurse practitioner, whom I work with. Of course, there are a lot of other exciting things that happen throughout the day, such as planning our quarterly Successful Bridges program (which focuses on successful transition to adulthood) and addressing patient concerns over the phone or around the institution. 

What do you enjoy most about Scottish Rite?
I most enjoy the people I encounter. My work family in PDD, the smiles of other staff and our amazing patients and their families, and all of the other people here are inspiring and have made a huge impact on my life.

What was your first job? Why did you decide to do the work you are doing now? How long have you worked here?
I couldn’t decide if I wanted to be an elementary school teacher or a nurse, so I studied both in college. Having the background in education has been helpful in my practice as a nurse practitioner, since part of what I do is supporting our patient's learning and their school experience. I have worked here for five years! 

What’s the coolest or most interesting thing you’re working on right now?
The most interesting thing I am working on is our transition program for adolescents with spina bifida. We just wrapped up a quality initiative project with the American Academy of Pediatrics that was focused on the transition from pediatric to adult care providers. We also completed our first ever virtual Successful Bridges program.

What are you currently watching on Netflix/Hulu/TV/etc.? 
My husband and I are currently watching Homeland on Hulu. It is not for the faint at heart! 

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?
I wish I had the courage to live abroad with my husband and family. We’ve dreamed of living in Italy but couldn’t stand to be so far from family. 

What are some small things that make your day better?
A cup of coffee always makes my day. 

What is special about the place you grew up?
I grew up here in Dallas. Although Dallas is a big place, it was made small by my close-knit community. I am grateful that the many friends I grew up with are still my closest friends today! 

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not working? 
I enjoy being with my family and starting craft projects. Starting because often never finished! Currently, I am working on sewing curtains and Christmas stockings. 

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