•  Boonville native and Nurse Practitioner Melissa Muha happy to provide medical care for her rural community

    BOONVILLE – Family Nurse Practitioner Melissa Muha, R.N., FNP-BC, has joined the staff of Boonville Family Care and is accepting new patients.

    Muha will be soon be joined by full-time family practice physician, Elizabeth Lykling, M.D., who will begin seeing patients Thursday, Nov. 1st.

    “Recruiting primary care providers for rural areas is often difficult because of the nationwide shortage,” said Tracey Hamilton, clinic administrator. “Rome Memorial Hospital remains committed to our patients in the North Country and to providing the highest level of care.”

    Dr. Lykling will replace Eustace Huggins, M.D., who has been helping the practice provide primary care to residents while Rome Memorial Hospital searched for a full-time provider for Boonville Family Care.

    “With Dr. Lykling and Melissa providing full time care at the clinic, our commitment to the community has been secured for the foreseeable future,” Hamilton said. The full-time providers will join Vivienne Taylor, M.D., pediatrician and internal medicine physician, and Libby Gleasman, nurse practitioner, in meeting the community’s primary care needs.

    A native of Boonville, Muha knows the importance of accessible healthcare in a rural area and being able to provide care for her community is very important to her. “This gives me a chance to give back to the place where I grew up and still call home,” Muha said. “Working in a small town clinic allows me to have a more interpersonal connection with my patients.”

    After working for eight years as a registered nurse, Muha decided to expand her knowledge of medicine and become a nurse practitioner to make a positive impact on her patient’s health. “As a nurse practitioner, I have the ability to plan, treat and direct the patient to fulfill their total medical needs,” she explained. “I like to build a relationship with my patients that is supportive of their interests and needs, and that involves them as active participants in their healthcare.”

    Muha has worked in family practice, urgent care and emergency medicine as both a registered nurse and nurse practitioner. She especially feels that her emergency medicine experience will be beneficial in her position at Boonville Family Care.

    “In the ER, you have to be ready for life threatening situations,” Muha explained. “This experience has helped me acquire advanced skills that will be extremely beneficial for patients due to the fact that we are in a rural area with the hospital 30 minutes away.”

    Muha received her associate of science degree in nursing from Mohawk Valley Community College; her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Keuka College, Keuka Park, NY; and her master of science degree in family health from SUNY IT, Marcy. She and her husband, Glen, reside in Boonville with their one-year-old son, Alexander.

    In addition to family practice medicine, Boonville Family Care also offers the convenience of an on-site laboratory collection center for blood work and other tests. Appointments are not required for laboratory services.

    To schedule an appointment with a primary care provider at Boonville Family Care, please call 942-3500.