Melissa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a member of the Missouri and Illinois Bar Associations. Melissa is a Certified Elder Law Attorney as designated through the National Elder Law Foundation. She is a Board Member of the Missouri Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, a member of Elder Counsel, and a member of the Greater St. Charles Chamber of Commerce. Melissa is also a VA-accredited attorney.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Melissa served as the Uptown Coordinator for the City of Collinsville, Illinois where she worked with businesses and residents in a low-income district to develop policies and procedures that still benefit Collinsville’s historic location today.
Melissa represents clients in Medicaid and VA eligibility cases as well as matters involving the Missouri Department of Social Services, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), other Social Security Administration programs, and Veterans Administration. Melissa’s VA-accreditation authorizes her to represent clients directly in their initial claims and appeals for Veteran Benefits. She helps clients and their families with a wide-range of long-term care issues, including Medicaid, Veteran’s Benefits, other government programs, tax and estate planning, asset protection and Special Needs Trusts, and Probate matters.
?Melissa has three very cool kids, Jessica, Gabe and Clara, who keep her busy and happy.