Integrated Medical Arts Center

We are a unique medical practice, with a focus on natural health and wellness.  Rather than prescribing drugs, which merely minimize symptoms, we strive to address the root causes of symptoms and imbalances, so your body can begin to heal, giving you a better quality of life.  Our treatment approach includes customized recommendations for hormone balance, nutritional supplements, diet and lifestyle changes.

Melinda Hughes, PA-C was born and raised in the Treasure Valley. Melinda was taught at a young age to be a pioneer of new ideas as she was homeschooled. Melinda graduated from High School in 1996 and went to Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham Oregon.  There she earned her Associate in Applied Science, specializing in Surgical Technology.  Melinda returned to Boise and worked full time at St. Alphonsus RMC, as a Surgical Technologist, while attending Boise State University full time.  

As Melinda worked with many different health care professionals she learned that there were many different roles besides doctors and nurses.  She met several P.A.s, Physician Assistants, and learned that they have the same education as doctors and are trained as generalists; therefore they can change specialties at any time; whereas a doctor trains in 1 specialty area and very rarely change specialties. This career offered the diverse lifestyle she was looking for.

Melinda graduated from B.S.U in 2003 as Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and took a year off to serve on a medical mission trip.  Melinda traveled to Chile for a surgical exchange program and was able to assist in surgery and help develop a cultural/medical exchange.  Melinda was accepted to Duke Medical School’s Physician Assistant Program, which happens to be the very 1st PA program and one of the top PA schools.  Physician Assistant programs are designed to train health care providers in the medical model. Physician Assistants, take all the same courses medical students take, they just take them in 2 yrs v 4 yrs.  Melinda graduated in 2006 with a Master’s in Health Sciences.

She then decided to work with Terry Reilly Health Services due to their mission “to care for the underserved” and to improve her Spanish.  In her 4 yrs of service at Terry Reilly Melinda has been concerned about the limited knowledge of health care professionals in nutrition and natural medicine.  In her quest for answers Melinda has extensively studied nutrition, natural medicine, and anti-aging medicine with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement. This year June of 2011, Melinda will be Board Certified by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, which she is currently of member of. This Academy is a group of over 22,000 medical doctors and scientists from 105 different countries who focus on health and wellness with cutting edge medicine.  

Integrated Medical Arts Center welcomes new clients.  

Located at: 824 17th Ave South, Nampa, Idaho 83651
Phone: 466-3517 

Call to schedule your consultation today with Melinda and start a new way of living with optimal health and wellness!

What does PA-C mean?
Physician Assistant Certified
In able to use this delegation a physician assistant must pass the national certification board exam every 6 years, which confirms that the individual has maintained a high level of expertise in all specialties of medicine.