Melinda Ledbetter, PA-C, serves as Instructor of Primary Clinical Skills. Ms. Ledbetter obtained her ADN in nursing from Samford University and her Physician Assistant certificate of eligibility in Primary Care from Stanford University and Physician Assistant board certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She has been a Physician Assistant for over 18 years, was a Registered Nurse for 15 years, and a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner for 26 years. Ms. Ledbetter was a founding member of the Monterey county Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and a board member of the Monterey Rape Crisis Center. Additionally, she is certified as an Advanced Wilderness and Expedition Provider by the Wilderness Medical Society and certified in Advanced Wilderness Life Support through the Alabama Wilderness Medical Association. Ms. Ledbetter is a Yoga instructor with specialized training for Cancer patients and survivors through the Christina Phipps Foundation. Her current research interests include introducing lifestyle medicine into the rural health curriculum as a pilot study for incorporating lifestyle medicine into the ACOM curriculum, and creating a Lifestyle Medicine elective; she is also working on a publication, Gender Difference in Global Health Among Medical School Students.