Getting to Know You with Dr. Melissa Bentley

I always find it interesting why people choose the paths they do, especially doctors.  Was it a life altering event?  Do you come from a long line of doctors?  Did you choose this field because you’ve seen medicine change people for the better?

I’ve yet to be disappointed at the answers our docs give.  And Dr. Bentley was no exception.  Dr. Melissa Bentley is the newest internal medicine physician at Ogden Internal Medicine and Urology.  She joins MountainStar Medical Group after being a hospitalist at Ogden Regional Medical Center.  I sent here these questions and yet again, was so impressed why she chose medicine as her profession.

Dr. Bentley is currently accepting new patients.  To make an appointment click here.

If you’d like to get to know more about her, keep reading!

Q:  When did you know you wanted to be a doctor?

During high school- I loved human biology, chemistry, physics, really all sciences;  and I finally gave up on my junior high plan to be a marine biologist when I experienced horrible sea sickness during my first time on a whale watch!

Q:  Why did you decide to become a doctor?

I know it’s a complete cliché but wanted to help people, and it seemed challenging.  I like the chance to work in different situations- almost everywhere people need doctors, so I have enjoyed working as a volunteer at clinic in Peru.  I have worked as a hospitalist at Ogden Regional Medical Center and have come to love the people here- and my profession now gives me a chance to work as an outpatient internal medicine provider here.  And without exception, every day I have worked as a physician, I learn something (usually many things) new.

Q:  Did anyone or any event influence your decision?

My brother had a brain hemorrhage when he was nine and was at Primary Children’s Hospital for three months, having surgery and experiencing complications.  He was left with right sided weakness and some other difficulties but is doing brilliantly.  In fact, he ran the Ogden marathon a few years ago and was a white house intern last year.

When I was 13, my sister had rheumatic fever and was on bed rest for months; her diagnosis took some time and I had such respect for the primary care doctor who finally made it, after he gathered a comprehensive, detailed, astute evaluation. She required intensive medical care- and still does- it was such a relief to know what was wrong and what to expect.

Q:  What was the hardest part of med school?

Endless call at the VA, 30-40 hours at a stretch with only “canteen” food- grey or pink meat, sauerkraut, laminated slices of bread, slices of onion and expired cartons of milk, and either French toast sticks or chicken fingers.  They looked and smelled identical, but came either at breakfast or lunch!  I wouldn’t have survived without quick visits from my dad who lived not too far away and would page me from the lobby to give a reassuring hug and hand over a lovely bag from Mazza (Greek food) or something else good.

I got a little personal with Dr. Bentley and asked her if she was married, had kids or any pets and this is what she had to say.  She’s a real riot if you ask me!

I’m not married and have no children.  I do have three nephews and even got to deliver the oldest one!  I choose orchids instead of pets, they’re cleaner, smell better, and it’s not as tragic if they die!  I have two sisters and three brothers, my youngest sister is 15 and wants to be a doctor.  She is currently employed by me to do laundry!

Favorite movie: Gandhi with Ben Kingsley

Favorite food: Blueberries

Favorite quote: “Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” Charles Dickens

Dr. Bentley is currently accepting new patients.  To make an appointment click here.

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2 Responses to “Getting to Know You with Dr. Melissa Bentley”

  1. Lazhar
    February 29, 2012 at 4:35 am #

    Dr. Bentley sounds like an incredible woman. I hope she will be my doctor!

  2. Christy Monson
    May 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    I love Dr. Bentley. She is a great person–outstanding medical student and compassionate woman. I would love for her to be my doctor!