Dr. Melissa Dybala, ND, DC
Dr. Dybala received a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) degree as well as a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree from National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL. The ND degree is a course of study involving four years of post-graduate education in traditional and natural therapies in which students are trained to be primary care physicians.
Dr. Dybala also holds a chiropractic license in Illinois which allows her to serve as a primary care physician. She combines the best of allopathic and alternative medicine by coordinating care with and referring patients to appropriate specialists when needed for consultations, imaging or lab work. She cannot prescribe medications or discontinue prescriptions for patients in the state of Illinois, but rather recommends supplements that may boost health and wellness.
In addition to operating New Day Wellness Center, she served as a chief clinician for naturopathic medicine at the National University of Health Sciences (NUHS), where she supervised and evaluated naturopathic medical student interns and other clinicians, overseeing patient care and ensuring that standards of care were followed within the teaching clinic. She remains on the university's faculty, teaching courses in naturopathic theory, neurology, pathology, and business.
Dr. Dybala is a Chicagoland native who is the first in her family to get a college degree. She worked her way through college and received a bachelor of science degree from Governors State University. Before becoming a physician, she worked as a pharmacy technician for over a decade which gave her a perspective of pharmacology and allopathic treatments. This position fueled her drive and interest in the alternative medicine field as she saw a definite need for natural and conservative therapy integration within the field of conventional medicine.
Her hobbies include camping, biking, watching movies, and taking care of her pets.