Success: Melanie Lucille Giesler-Spellman

Although it is the oldest medical specialty in the United States, you can be forgiven for not knowing what Otolaryngology (pronounced oh/toe/lair/in/goll/oh/jee) is.

Mount Mercy University graduate Melanie Giesler-Spellman ’01 is an Otolaryngologist—a physician trained in the treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck.

Giesler-Spellman was awarded the Holland Presidential Scholarship—for full tuition—to attend Mount Mercy.

“Mount Mercy helped me realize that medicine was the career field I wanted to pursue.”

Melanie Lucille Giesler-Spellman D.O. ’01
Otolaryngologist/Facial Plastic Surgeon
Medical Associates, Clinton, IA
LeClaire, IA

While majoring in biology and minoring in psychology, she also worked at Mercy Medical Center and performed research for Mayo Clinic during J-Term. After graduating, she went on to earn a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Des Moines University in 2005, and became the first female to complete an Otolaryngology residency through Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

“I am not sure I would have gone on to medical school if I had gone to a large school for undergrad,” Giesler-Spellman said. “Mount Mercy helped me realize that medicine was the career field I wanted to pursue, but at the time I never guessed what my specialty would be.”

She attributes her success to: “hard work, a little luck, and God’s calling and grace.”

What Giesler-Spellman found at Mount Mercy—in addition to an amazing education—was encouragement, acceptance, and support from her peers, teachers, and school staff.

“I learned I have a tremendous support system from family, friends, and faculty, including Dr. Neil Bernstein,” she said.

Today, through her work, Giesler-Spellman has many moments of appreciation for what she does.    

“Anytime the family of a patient expresses gratitude, it’s a proud moment for me,” she said.

Based on her experience on and off the Hill, Giesler-Spellman said students should be wise about who they surround themselves with.

“Find friends and teachers who make you better, make you smarter, make you work harder,” she said. “Find friends and teachers who support you, that make you laugh, and make you a better person. Then give that in return and don’t ever stop doing it!”

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