Dr. Melissa Buches is an integrative physician in Seattle, Washington, with over twenty four years experience in nutritional medicine. Dr. Buches practices primarily via telemedicine and has found that technology can aid in faster availability and care for her patients.
Dr. Buches has an active California and Washington state practice, and formerly practiced in Westlake Village, California. Sports and medical nutrition have been the foundation of her practice over the years. Her clients range from newly developing to professional athletes, patients interested in a preventative approach to disease and those trying to optimize their health. Her goals in patient care have always been the following:
Respect people, healthy or ill, regardless of who they are
Support patients and their loved ones when and where they are needed
Promote health as well as treat disease
Embrace the power of information and communication technologies to support people with the best available information, while respecting their individual values and preferences
Always ask courteous questions, let people talk, and listen to them carefully
Give unbiased advice, let people participate actively in all decisions related to their health and health care, assess each situation carefully, and help whatever the situation
Use evidence as a tool, not as a determinant of practice; humbly accept death as an important part of life; and help people make the best possible arrangements when death is close
Work cooperatively with other members of the healthcare team
Be proactive advocates for their patients, mentors for other health professionals, and ready to learn from others, regardless of their age, role, or status
As a doctor, she wanted to have a balanced life and to be able to care for herself, her family as well as her patients and their families. Her goal in life was to be happy and healthy, caring and competent, and good travel companions for people through the journey we call life.
8405 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island, Washington 98040, USA
Bastyr University, Seattle
nutritional medicine, primarily via telemedicine