Melissa C. Fesler, FNP-BC

Family Nurse Practitioner
Union Square Medical Associates
San Francisco, CA

Title of Talk: “Morgellons Disease: A Year in Review”


Melissa is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with experience in Urgent Care Medicine. She currently works with Raphael B. Stricker, MD at Union Square Medical Associates in San Francisco, CA where she specializes in the treatment of tickborne disease and Morgellons Disease. Melissa received a B.S. in Medical and Public Health Microbiology, and Minor in Biotechnology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and B.S. in Nursing from Samuel Merritt University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She worked as a registered nurse in dermatology prior to receiving her M.S. in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Georgetown University. Melissa is member of the California Association for Nurse Practitioners (CANP), American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), American Nurses Association (ANA), and the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS. Melissa has co-authored several peer reviewed studies on Morgellons.


Morgellons Disease (MD) is a persistent multisystem illness characterized by atypical production of human proteins keratin and collagen in skin. Current research provides concrete evidence that MD is associated with tickborne disease. Nonetheless, MD remains a controversial topic in the medical field. This presentation will review relevant literature published over the last year demonstrating why this subject remains polemic and providing the audience with important updates on scientific research.