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Directory of Practitioners


  • Melissia Wheeler, MSN, FNP-C; Interim Director of Advanced Practice
  • Sarah Dickes; Executive Assistant; dickess@upstate.edu

Meet Our Leadership Team:



Melissia Wheeler, MSN, FNP-C
Interim Director of Advanced Practice 

Melissia Wheeler received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing then went on to obtain a Master’s in Nursing from SUNY Upstate Medical University.  

Melissia has varied clinical background experience, including working at a 40-bed Medical Observation Unit. This unit was directly connected to the Emergency Services department of a large hospital. As a proven Healthcare Executive with extensive healthcare management experience, her prior experience includes: oversight of 200 plus staff members, serving as a key member of the leadership team involved with the overall direction of the organization, establishing priorities, regulatory compliance, hiring key members of the leadership team including managers, the Director of HR and the CFO. 

Melissia has served three years as an adjunct clinical instructor at Cayuga Community College, served one academic year as a 1:1 professor for the BSN program at Lemoyne College, and served as a preceptor for students securing their MSN in nursing education and/or leadership.

Melissia enjoys working with all of the providers within the Advanced Practice Department who practice in a variety of specialties and bring an enormous amount of expertise to the department. Melissia has worked diligently to assure that the department is meeting the needs of both our patients and the hospital and to ensure that the providers within the department are working to their full scope of practice.  Her background and education have allowed her to develop strong leadership skills, the ability to interact with diverse populations, as well as offer support and education to students, staff and colleagues. 

Advanced Practice Managers & Team Leaders:

Jonathan Conlon, PA

Advanced Practice Manager

Jessica Dow, NP
Advanced Practice Manager

Christine Lopez, NP
Advanced Practice Manager

Ashley Volles, PA
Advanced Practice Manager

Ashley Cary, PA
Advanced Practice Team Leader



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