Melanie is an attorney with Law Offices of Melanie Balestra in Newport Beach, California focusing on legal and business issues that affect health care providers and representing them before their respective Boards. She advises on the legal aspects of starting a practice. She lectures nationally on this subject and liability issues. She is published in the Journal for Nurse Practitioners, The Nurse Practitioner, Medscape, American Nurse Today, Plastic surgical Nursing, Journal of Nursing Law, Nurse Practitioner World News, Advance Practice for Nurse Practitioners and The Clinical Letter for Nurse Practitioners. She is Past President of the American College of Nurse Practitioners, the California Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and The American Association of Nurse Attorneys. Melanie is advocate and counsel for the California Association for Nurse Practitioner and writes a column in their newsletter. The Connection. She is on the Advisory Board of Nurses Service Organization and continues practicing as a PNP at the Laguna Beach Community Clinic. She enjoys doing volunteer work as a PNP in Namibia, Cambodia, and Mexico.