Melissa Dean-Appasu, FNP-C Joins Maria Parham Health

February 6, 2019

Maria Parham Health today announced that Melissa Dean-Appasu, FNP-C, has joined its staff and will be offering family medicine services to patients throughout Franklin County and the surround communities. She brings more than 20 years of clinical experience to Maria Parham Health and is the first family practice provider to join the hospital’s medical staff this year.   

“Melissa Dean-Appasu has years of experience in caring for patients, and she is an excellent addition to our hospital team,” said Bert Beard, CEO of Maria Parham Health.  “Access to primary care is an increasing need in Franklin County, and Melissa Dean-Appasu’s expertise will be important as Maria Parham Health strives to meet our region’s evolving healthcare needs and make our community healthier.”

Melissa Dean-Appasu joins Maria Parham Health from Med First Urgent Care and Carolina Partners Mental Health, where she has treated patients for the past year. Before Med First and Carolina Partners Mental Health, she was at Community Health Network Urgent Care Center. 

Melissa Dean-Appasu earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Indiana State University College of Advance Nursing Practice, Terra Haute, Indiana. She is a member of the American College of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau and serves as a Girls Incorporated volunteer.

When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading world history, traveling doing missions work, and relaxing. 

Melissa Dean-Appasu is seeing patients at Maria Parham Multispecialty care Clinic. To schedule an appointment, please call 919.497.8380.

About Maria Parham Health

Maria Parham Health, a Duke LifePoint hospital, is a regional hospital in Henderson, N.C., serving the people of north central North Carolina and Southside Virginia. Maria Parham offers a wide range of services and the latest technology to meet the health care needs of the community. It is fully accredited by The Joint Commission and CMS. For more information about Maria Parham Health, please call (252) 438-4143 or visit