Martin Children's clinic staff




Melissa McMackin MSN, FNP-C

Melissa is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, licensed by the state of Tennessee to provide patient and family centered healthcare to patients of all ages. Melissa was born and raised in Graves County Kentucky and has been married to her husband Ryan McMackin for five years. 

Melissa started her healthcare career in 2010 as patient care assistant at Baptist Memorial Hospital while working towards her nursing degree. She graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing fro the University of Tennessee at Martin, where she then began her career as a Registered Nurse, Melissa delivered family centered care to a variety of populations including hospice patients and cardiac telemetry patients. Her work as a RN gave her the desire to be able to provide a higher level of care to her patients, therefore began to further her education at Union University.

In 2015, Melissa graduated with Honors from Union University with a Master’s of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioners degree. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing. While pursuing her Master’s degree Melissa’s clinical experience included family, practice, pediatric care and obstetrics. 

After graduating, Melissa began working at Baptist Memorial Hospital as a Hospitalist Nurse Practitioner, providing care to patients with chronic and acute illness requiring hospitalization. In 2016, Melissa welcomed her first child, a baby girl in to the world. It was this experience as a new mother that gave her the desire to provide care to the pediatric population. Melissa accepted a position and began working at Martin Children’s Clinic in January, 2017. As a mother, Melissa has the empathy and compassion to provide the highest level of patient and family centered care to patients of Martin Children’s Clinic.



I began my pediatric career in the early 90’s working on the pediatric floor at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. I graduated with a bachelor of science in nursing degree from University of Tennessee at Martin in 1995 and became a certified pediatric nurse through ANCC. During the next twelve years I was able to work with children in both the pediatric acute and critical care areas. I spent a year teaching nursing as I continued my education and graduated in 2006 from Saint Louis University with a Masters in Pediatric Nursing. I began my pediatric nurse practitioner career in Martin initially as a student and staying in the area after graduation. In 2010 I began working at Martin Children’s Clinic. At that time there was a need in the area to provide mental health care to children and mental health counselors were onsite to assist children in need of their services. In 2015 I completed a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from St. Louis University.

I consider myself a lifelong learner and have studied both formally and informally to offer high quality care to the children we serve. I completed a mental health fellowship, KYSS, through Arizona State University and have achieved dual board certifications as a Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Mental Health Specialist. Both certifications had education requirement and passing national board exams through Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).

Staying actively involved in issues that affect children’s health care and nursing are important to me. I sit on Governor Haslim’s TennCare Pharmacy Advisory Committee since 2016 and also hold the office of secretary for the Music City NAPNAP (National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners) chapter. I was a participant in Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Autism ECHO Research Project in 2017 and completed Vanderbilt’s ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd edition) training in April 2018.

Joining families to provide care to their children is the primary focus of the care I provide. I believe it is important to educate families, provide them with their options and allow them as much control as possible in the care of their child. We at Martin Children’s Clinic feel that we “team up” with families in providing care to their children and enjoy the opportunity of establishing relationships that truly foster mutual care and respect.

My husband and I are both very family focused. We have two sons who are both married and one grandson. Weekends for our family are often spent at the ballpark watching our grandson play ball. Our grandson attends Christ Classical Academy. We are actively involved with the school and I have sat on the school board since 2016. Church is very important to us and we realize that God made all possible through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ. I hope that I those that I come in contact with are able to see Christ living in me.