Melanie M. Kreitlow, CMA, a Certified Medical Assistant with Avera Medical Group Aberdeen Family Physicians

Get to know Certified Medical Assistant, Melanie M. Kreitlow, who serves patients in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Melanie, a certified medical assistant, practices at Avera Medical Group Aberdeen Family Physicians in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Avera Medical Group Aberdeen Family Physicians is a department of Avera St. Luke’s Hospital. Along with general medical care for the entire family, the scope of care includes obstetrics, pediatrics, geriatrics, radiology and laboratory, as well as osteopathic manipulative treatment.

A South Dakota native, Melanie earned her high school diploma from Deubrook Area High School in May of 2013. She then went on to obtain her Associate’s Degree in Medical Assisting at Presentation College in Aberdeen in 2017. At present, she is studying to earn her licensed practical nurse degree from Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, South Dakota with an expected graduation date of 2021. 

A certified medical assistant (CMA) is an individual who has been awarded a certification credential by a professional organization. Their typical duties include: performing administrative work (including scheduling appointments and lab tests, answering phones, and completing insurance forms), completing clinical tasks (including collecting specimens and changing dressings), preparing examination rooms for patients (including sterilizing instruments and removing contaminated waste), recording test results and vital signs, as well as interviewing patients, explaining treatment plans, and preparing patients for tests and procedures. 

Programs for medical assisting are available from community colleges, vocational schools, technical schools, and universities and take about 1 year to complete. In order to become a CMA, one must meet the certification requirements set by the American Association of Medical Assistants.

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