Melissa Penkalski

Melissa Penkalski

Assistant Professor

Academic Interests

Anything pediatrics. Especially asthma and vaccines. Plan to focus research in these areas. 

Top Scholarly Accomplishments

  • DNP project accepted for publication, date is pending.
  • Have many presentations. 

Previous Experience

  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in primary care for past 13 years. This is my first faculty position.
  • I present at many venues, including school nurse meetings/training's, and to local healthcare providers.


Springfield, MO


My 4 children! When I have time I like to read, do Taebo workouts, love to travel, like to cook/bake. 

Future Goals and Aspirations

Get through this first semester!  Focus on research in asthma and vaccinations. 

Life Outside the University

Married to a wonderful man, Jim, for 15 years. We have 4 children, currently 13-Amanda, 11-Katelyn, 7-Russell, 1-Tessa.  We travel to Ohio, my husbands home, a few times per year. We love to travel when we can, love the beach! We enjoy attending MSU sporting events! We are very busy with many kid activities, including, cheer, baseball, softball, volleyball, football, & basketball, and also with Girl Scouts and Church groups. 

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