Melissa Herbranson, MD

Dr. Melissa Herbranson practices the full spectrum of family medicine, including obstetrics, pediatrics and older adult care. She also offers aesthetic skincare services. She is especially passionate about women’s health and empowering women to become more engaged in managing their health and wellness. She sees patients at our Aitkin and McGregor clinics.

Medical Interests:  I offer the full spectrum of family medicine, including obstetric, gynecologic, contraceptive and lactation care for women and pediatric care for babies and children at our Aitkin and McGregor clinics.

Personal philosophy/approach to obstetric care:  I am passionate about supporting moms with breastfeeding and achieving the birth experience they desire while making sure they have the best medical care available. My clinic nurse and OB care coordinator work with hospital nursing as well to make sure that new mothers have a reliable and easy-to-contact team throughout the prenatal and postpartum period. We like to incorporate ultrasound into prenatal visits as needed.

Family/Interests:  My husband and I have two young sons and a daughter who are the center of our world and the reason I do my best to find work-life balance.  We enjoy family time including hunting, fishing, gardening, and boating.  I also find relaxation in baking and knitting as well as paddle boarding.

Educational Institutions

  • Bachelor’s degree in Development/Cellular Biology and Genetics, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • University of Minnesota Medical School – Duluth


  • University of Minnesota Family Medicine Residency, St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Paul


  • Family Medicine
  • Obstetrics