Melissa Drake M.D. | Rashti Women's Care
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Melissa Drake M.D.

Obstetrician, Gynecologist

Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Dr. Drake received her OB/GYN training in Washington, DC, at George Washington University. There she received a strong base in obstetric and gynecologic surgical training, with access to complex obstetrical surgery including surgical delivery of twins and higher-order multiples, surgical treatment of placenta previa and accreta, and surgical emergencies including emergency hysterectomy and massive transfusion. Dr. Drake’s emergency training in particular focused on streamlined communication and team flow. Thanks to this training Dr. Drake is comfortable working with and accessing the knowledge of teams in the hospital, including anesthesia, interventional radiology, general surgery, and intensivists to achieve the absolute best outcome for the patients. Her gynecologic surgical training exposed Dr. Drake to a wide range of techniques, from office-based procedures including hysteroscopy, endometrial ablation, LEEP, and Essure placement, all the way to complex open oncologic surgical techniques for gynecologic malignancies including ovarian, uterine, cervical and peritoneal cancers. Dr. Drake’s personal focus and emphasis, however, was on laparoscopy, building cognitive knowledge and surgical problem solving, manual dexterity, and adaptability.

Dr. Drake felt fortunate to have obstetric training that focused on combining the most up-to-date modern technology with the experience and knowledge of natural childbirth techniques including water-assisted births, hypno-births, and Bradley Method births. She also trained extensively in the care and management of complicated obstetrical in-patients, working to develop care plans with families, the neonatal intensive care unit, and adjunct medical teams to ensure the best outcome for high-risk patients. She feels comfortable managing complicated pregnancies including:

  • high blood pressure conditions such as preeclampsia
  • prior surgeries i.e. c-section
  • twins and higher-order multiples
  • cervical insufficiency
  • intrauterine growth restriction
  • maternal drug use and dependency
  • maternal medical conditions including kidney and liver disease
  • metabolic disorders including diabetes
  • abnormal placentation including placenta previa and accreta

Dr. Drake chose OB/GYN because she felt a strong pull towards working with and caring for women. To her, nothing is more empowering than helping women gain insight and control over their own health.

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July 15, 2016


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