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The Confidence You Need to

Move Forward in Your Healthcare Career


My name is Melissa Avila, and I'm a nurse practitioner and midwife from the United States.  I graduated with my Masters in Science of Nursing from University of Pennsylvania in 2016. I have been working as a WHNP/CNM until this year, when I changed paths to follow a dream of mine to develop a strategy to teach Medical English. I am now TEFL certified English teacher, and I help healthcare professionals advance the English communications skills they need for their careers.

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What Clients Are Saying

As a nursing admissions mentor, Melissa is ideal. When I first had a conversation with her, I could feel that everything would go well. It actually works! She shares her own wisdom and experiences of the admissions process, studying in graduate school, and working as a healthcare provider, and she assures me I can achieve my goals. I find her way to set timelines and analyze school information very reliable. In respect to language, she is a passionate teacher. As an international applicant, whenever I get stuck with writing essays, she presents the perfect solutions. She always teaches me helpful English expressions that suit a given situation. I can tell how much she dedicates herself to improving my application.  With all of her help, I believe I have already excelled in my writing ability. Additionally, she is a very supportive listener who easily gets how I feel and what I think, letting me feel free to discuss all my concerns with her. Her cheerful nature really helps me go through this process well.
It is the biggest pleasure for me to meet her during my admission process! I cannot thank her enough!!!

NP Admissions Mentoring Client

I have long been searching for a tutor who is capable of delivering their medical knowledge to international nurses in an efficient way. Luckily enough, I’ve had the opportunity to meet Melissa 3 months before I will arrive in America so I am now confident to play my part as a registered nurse in English. She was passionate about sharing her clinical experiences and was also talented at conveying her message in ways which were easily understandable. Furthermore, she was extremely responsible which she proved by preparing all of the questions I asked in prior sessions.

Dual Client: NP Admissions Mentoring / Medical English

I am a registered nurse from Korea and I aspire to work in an ICU in the US. As a non-native speaker of English, I needed some professionals in this field to help me with medical terms and phrases. In healthcare settings, we have so many medical idioms and terms that are so special, only someone professional can teach this. Melissa is a huge help in this. I feel I was very fortunate to meet Melissa and she taught me so far not only some basic English but also an understanding and proper use of medical terminology in a friendly environment. She started with me by making plans for what we are going to achieve in each of our classes. And she is open to suggestions and willing to adjust every class to my taste. She is patient and a good listener, gives me detailed feedback on my every question, and she has so many vivid examples of what the term and phrases will be used in real healthcare settings. I am grateful that she even confirmed with some of the healthcare staff who are on site. The way that she classified by 'singular VS plural,' 'prepositions,' 'terminology and acronyms,' 'pronunciation,' 'phrasal verbs, idioms and collocations,' and 'cultural' on contents helped me to organize and made it easier for me to review after class. She also makes 'rules' on many of the terms and phrases so that it will be easier for me to adjust them to other situations. Most importantly, Melissa is an inspiring tutor. She is a professional Nurse Practitioner and her experience help me want to pursue my dream as a pediatric NP even more.

Joo Hyun
Medical English Tutoring Client

I started to take the class with Melissa with a really strong recommendation from nurses.
Melissa is not only a very inspirational but also a thoroughly prepared tutor. She provides various contents. She has helped me prepare for the grad school interview and we’ve also had sessions with patient-nurse education simulations. The class prep. and wrap-up are so clear, that you don't waste any moment. Especially, I would like to recommend the class to those who want to learn medical English or applicants for NP grad schools in the United States. 
She is so supportive and patient during all communication that I can speak in English without hesitation and love this moment to improve my English skills.
The most important thing I would like to highlight is that she is a person who has really positive energy, which makes the atmosphere so smooth and cozy. Therefore, even if you are not a native English speaker, I am sure that you can enjoy speaking English freely through conversation with Melissa.

Dual Client: NP Admissions Mentoring / Medical English

Melissa is the most excellent tutor I have ever met. I am a nurse, and I knew nothing about medical English until I met her. I did not have much passion to learn it, but she found a lot of ways to inspire me. I've been coached by her for over two months and I have made great progress on my medical English. She is a professional teacher. I will keep on studying English with her for as long as she is willing to teach me.

Medical English Tutoring Client

Melissa is such an energetic and patient English tutor. She uses scientific and effective teaching methods to help her students to improve their English. She is able to plan a personalised lesson for her students not only based on her assessment on her students' English level, strengths and weaknesses, but also based on the student's preferences. What's more, I admire her profession knowledge on health care very much. With Melissa's help, I feel like I become more confident in speaking English and be able to express myself much more clearly.

Medical English Tutoring Client

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