Dr. Melana Schimke, MD

Family MedicineFemaleAge 58

Family Medicine

Dr. Melana Schimke, MD is a Family Medicine Specialist in Bellingham, WA and has over 29 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from UNIV OF WA SCH OF MED|University Of Washington in 1994. She is affiliated with PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center. Her office is not accepting new patients.

Dr. Melana Schimke, MD

Bellingham Bay Family Medicine

722 N State St Bellingham, WA 98225
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Dr. Schimke's conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Acne
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Acute Bronchitis
  • Acute Laryngitis
  • Acute Pharyngitis
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Acute Upper Respiratory Infection
  • ADHD and-or ADD
  • Administrative Physical
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • All Types of Food Poisoning
  • Allergic Conjunctivitis
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Allergies
  • Anal or Rectal Pain
  • Anaphylactic Food Allergies
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Anemia
  • Animal Allergies
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Asthma
  • Asymptomatic Post-Menopausal Status
  • Athlete's Foot
  • Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
  • Atrophic Vaginitis
  • Back Pain
  • Bedwetting
  • Bladder Infection
  • Blood Allergy Testing
  • Blood in Urine (Hematuria)
  • Breast Pain
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Bronchitis
  • Bruise of Face, Scalp, or Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Calcium Metabolism Disorders
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cellulitis
  • Cervicitis
  • Chest Pain
  • Chickenpox
  • Chlamydia Infections
  • Chronic Interstitial Cystitis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pharyngitis
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Constipation
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Cough
  • Dehydration
  • Depression
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Dermatitis
  • Diabetes
  • Diabetes Type 1
  • Diabetes Type 2
  • Diabetes With Renal Manifestations
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Diverticulitis
  • Diverticulitis, Intestinal
  • Diverticulosis
  • Diverticulosis, Intestinal
  • Dizziness
  • Drug Allergy Testing
  • Dry Skin
  • Dysentery
  • Dyshydrotic Eczema
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Dysphagia
  • Dysthymia (Chronic Depression)
  • Dysthymia and Cyclothymia (Mood Disorders)
  • Ear Ache
  • Earwax Buildup
  • Emphysema
  • Encounters for Normal Pregnancies
  • Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
  • Enteritis
  • Esophagitis
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Sleep Disorders
  • Excessive Menstrual Bleeding
  • Fever
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Food Poisoning
  • Fungal Nail Infection
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gas-Bloat Syndrome
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastroparesis
  • Genital Herpes
  • Genital Warts
  • Headache
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia
  • Herpes Simplex Infection
  • Herpes Zoster Without Complication
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hip Sprain
  • Hives
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hypogonadism
  • Hypokalemia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Impetigo
  • Indigestion
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Injuries
  • Insomnia
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Iron Metabolism Disorders
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Itchy Skin
  • Jock Itch
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Laryngitis
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Limb Swelling
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Lipid Disorders
  • Low Back Pain
  • Low Blood Oxygen Level
  • Lyme Disease
  • Malaise and Fatigue
  • Mastodynia
  • McMurray's Test
  • Memory Evaluation
  • Menopausal and Postmenopausal Disorders
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual Disorders (incl. Dysmenorrhea)
  • Migraine
  • Mineral Metabolism Disorders
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Motion Sickness
  • Muscle Spasm
  • Nail and Nail Bed Infection
  • Nasopharyngitis
  • Nausea
  • Neurogenic Bladder
  • Newborn Jaundice
  • Noninfectious Gastroenteritis and Colitis
  • Nosebleed
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Otitis Media
  • Outer Ear Infection
  • Ovarian Cancer Screening
  • Overweight
  • Painful Urination (Dysuria)
  • Pap Smear Abnormalities
  • Patch Testing
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pediatric Obesity
  • Pediatric Overweight
  • Perimenopause
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pharyngitis
  • Pinkeye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Wart
  • Pneumonia
  • Pollen Allergy
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Polyuria
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Potassium Deficiency
  • Proteinuria
  • Psychiatric Evaluation - Child and Adolescent
  • Psychological Evaluations Prior to Bariatric Surgery
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rash
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Ringworm
  • Rosacea
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
  • Shingles
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Sinus Tachycardia
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin Screenings
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Speech, Language and Learning Disorders
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Strep Throat
  • Swimmer's Ear
  • Symptomatic Menopause
  • Tension Headache
  • Testicular Dysfunction
  • Thyroid Goiter
  • Tinea Versicolor
  • Tinnitus
  • Tobacco Use Disorder
  • Torticollis
  • Tuberculosis Screening
  • Urinary Hesitancy
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Stones
  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
  • Vaginitis and-or Vaginosis
  • VAP Lipid Testing
  • Varicose Eczema
  • Venous Insufficiency
  • Vertigo
  • Vitamin B Deficiency
  • Vitamin D Deficiency
  • Warts
  • Wheezing
  • Worker's Compensation Evaluations
  • Yeast Infections

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Dr. Schimke's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Schimke

3.6

Based on 22 ratings

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For a severe condition that has greatly affected my life after, Dr. Schimke did not listen to my symptoms and instead followed the hoops she believed necessary to jump through before sending me to a specialist or ER (neither of which she did) - I tried to relay that these hoops were not needed after finding out after the fact in an effort to simply tell her so she would be aware in the future and was just gaslighted and ignored. She showed no inquisition into solving what could cause symptoms and prescribed table stakes solutions rather than diving into the root of the issue and relieving extreme pain and irreversible damage to my body. She was not there when I truly needed medical guidance and someone to step up for patient care. At a follow-up appointment, she did not even ask "how are you?" which was the cherry on top. Incredibly disappointed and saddened by the experience here and at the clinic.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Dec 10, 2022
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Great doctor
Efficient front office staff and nurse. Dr Schimke listens, advises and is honest about trying or not trying new ideas. She is personable and professional. I have been extremely happy as her patient.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Jan Stamey – Jul 21, 2022
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She was so thorough, took the time to really listen, not rushed (yet on time for my appointment). And she did the most gentle Pap test I have ever had.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Nov 18, 2020
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For the first time in my life I walked into a doctors office with the mindset of wanting to be prescribed something to help me feel better. I was in a serious funk in all aspects of my life at that time. She took her time listening to me, asked me questions and showed genuine concern for me. Her “prescription” that day involved self accountability, awareness of the foods I put in my body and exercise. She said come back in three months if you’re still feeling the same. I put in the work and got into the best shape of my life, changed my mindset and way of thinking and have never looked back. I cringe at the thought of what if she had given me what I was looking for.
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Apr 25, 2020
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Excellent. She’s smart, knows medications and effects very well, always listens and I never feel rushed even though I know she must be. Grateful for her care.
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May 25, 2019
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Dr Schimke is compassionate , knowledgeable and kind. She fit me into her already busy schedule and took her time explaining everything.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Bellingham – Feb 22, 2018
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She is very condescending, doesn’t let you get a word or question in. She focuses on a pin point view when it comes to the patient health care rather then trying to see the broad perspective. She is very rude and unwilling to work with you or other doctors to find the best care for you as a patient. I am EXTREMELY dissatisfied with her care or lack there of. OH and the wait time is always 20 to 40 minutes.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Dec 29, 2017
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Condescending, rude, and very brief. Don't listen to you at all. Please see an OB for Women's Health and a Pediatrician for your children.
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Bellingham, WA – Sep 01, 2017
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I met Dr Schimke today and I am thrilled having her as my advocate for my healthcare. She reassured me with my "interview" with her, she will alwas be evolved in my healthcare if I need a Specialist. That is very important to me. She was so attentive and listened to my concerns. We mutually decided to delete a few of my medications and see how I will do without them. I liked that as I don't want to be on more than needed. She reassured in was taking all measures to stay health. Five*
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Julie in Bellingham, Wa – Apr 12, 2017
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My daughter and I both see Dr. Schimke. I believe she is honest, has great perspective, and makes decisions 100% dependent of what the patient needs. We love her! She's great with small children as well as young adults.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Marisa M in Bellingham, WA – Sep 18, 2016
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About Me

Care Philosophy

I am board certified in family medicine, choosing this field because I enjoy taking care of the whole family, from newborns to grandparents. Adolescent...Read more

Specialties

  • Family Medicine

Education

University Of Minnesota|University of Minnesota / Twin Cities Campus
Residency Hospital
1994
UNIV OF WA SCH OF MED|University Of Washington
Medical School

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What conditions does Dr. Melana Schimke, MD treat?

Dr. Schimke frequently treats the following conditions: Blood in Urine (Hematuria), Abdominal Pain, and Achilles Tendinitis. See more on Healthgrades.

What is Dr. Melana Schimke, MD's office address?

Dr. Schimke's office is located at 722 N State St, Bellingham, WA 98225. You can find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Dr. Schimke provides telehealth services. Please contact the office to determine whether you are eligible.

Is Dr. Melana Schimke, MD affiliated with any hospitals?

Dr. Melana Schimke, MD is affiliated with PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center.

How much experience does Dr. Melana Schimke, MD have?

Dr. Schimke has over 28 years of healthcare experience.

Does Dr. Melana Schimke, MD receive good ratings from patients?

There is a star rating of 3.6/5 for Dr. Melana Schimke, MD. Patients say that the provider explained conditions well and the appointment wasn't rushed. See all patient feedback on Healthgrades.

Locations

Bellingham Bay Family Medicine

Bellingham Bay Family Medicine722 N State St Bellingham, WA 98225
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    • Mon: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Tue: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Wed: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Thu: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center

Bellingham, WA

72% Patients that would definitely recommend, 2% higher than the national average

3 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2022)