Melanie Blake, MD, MBA

Lifestyle & Internal Medicine

A LITTLE ABOUT ME

Melanie Blake, MD, MBA is a board-certified internal medicine physician spearheading Lifestyle Medicine at Galen. She was born and raised in Central Alabama. She decided to pursue medicine due to her passion for taking care of the people and exposure to medicine through her mother who worked as a cardiovascular nurse. After obtaining her Bachelor’s in Science and graduating Magna Cum Laude at Florida State University, she attended the University of Alabama School of Medicine for her medical degree and completed her residency in internal medicine thereafter. Dr. Blake has been involved in numerous decision-making committees, leadership positions at hospitals, and community service work over the years in the Chattanooga area. Her and her husband were drawn to move to Chattanooga due to the great outdoors and family lifestyle it offers. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, biking, the outdoors, and most importantly spending time with her family. She loves the people and geography of Chattanooga and is happy to call the city her home.

Lifestyle medicine shifts the focus of medical care to a patient driven model which allows patients to improve various aspects of their life which may or may not involve medicine. Lifestyle medicine physicians encourage patients to implement healthy lifestyle choices in addition to traditional medicine. These include nutrition, physical activity, sleep hygiene, stress, social networks, and risky substances. As a lifestyle and internal medicine physician, Dr. Blake works with patients to define what is healthy and motivate them to take the appropriate steps to accomplish their health goals. She believes it is very important for her goals as a physician to line up with her patients’ goals so she can treat them. Her favorite part of being a physician is the relationships she builds with her patients.

Lifestyle Medicine at Galen led by Dr. Blake will take traditional internal medicine to the next level by offering a team of experts to support patients on their health journey.

I SPECIALIZE IN:

I'M LOCATED AT

Lifestyle Medicine at Galen

2200 East 3rd Street, Suite 200

Chattanooga, TN 37404

BEEN IN PRACTICE:

15 years

MY CARE PHILOSOPHY:

To create a meaningful experience for patients and their loved ones. This means listening to my patients face to face, asking what I can do for them, addressing their concerns, and ensuring continuation of care once the patient leaves the office by being available to patients.

MY EDUCATION:

MBA | University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Residency | University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

MD | University of Alabama School of Medicine (UASOM)

BS | Florida State University

I'M AFFILIATED WITH:

Hospitals

CHI Memorial Hospital

Erlanger Hospital

 

Organizations

American College of Physicians

Tennessee Medical Association

Hamilton County Medical Society

SERVICES & PATIENT RESOURCES:

Women’s healthcare services require compassion and expertise. Here at Galen OB/GYN we provide comprehensive, specialized obstetric and gynecological care with the highest regard for patient satisfaction to meet a woman’s needs throughout her lifetime. Whether you are planning a family, staying healthy with routine care, or having health difficulties, our provider’s have the wisdom and medical expertise to help you make informed decisions about your healthcare. 

Some of our services include:

  • Obstetrics
  • Pregnancy Care
  • Labor & Delivery
  • Gynecology
  • Women’s Medicine & Surgery
  • 3D/4D Ultrasound
  • Birthing Classes

Galen’s Labor and Delivery teams are here to help make your birthing experience everything you want it to be. We work closely with you to support your healthcare choices, such as medicated or non-medicated labor and other birthing practices or aids. We strive for a vaginal delivery and only recommend a C-section if your health or your baby’s health is at risk.

Labor and Delivery expectations:

 

Support for your birth plan, your delivery team will work with you to support your birth plan choices, including:

  • Having an medicated or non-medicated labor
  • Having a support, family members, or friends present at the time of your child’s birth
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Skin-to-skin bonding time immediately after delivey

 

Immediate access to specialty care, mothers who deliver with Galen have healthy pregnancies and uncomplicated deliveries. However, if additional care is required for you or your baby:

  • Our High-Risk Obstetrics team specializes in providing the most advanced, nurturing care for complex health problems.
  • Our Neonatology team provides word class care for newborn babies with critical or special care needs.

 

Comfort management during labor available 24 hours a day:

  • For women who desire a medicated labor or require a C-section, our obstetric anesthesia service is always available in Labor and Delivery.

Are you prepared for your newest arrival?

Galen OB/GYN wants to help with a  

Complete Childbirth Class  

Topics include:

  • Labor
  • Breathing & Relaxation techniques
  • Birth Plans
  • Post-partum lifestyle
  • Newborn Care Basics
  • Tour of Erlanger East

Classes are taught by a Registered Labor and Delivery Nurse and Cost: $65.00

Saturday Classes: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday Classes: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

For more information see a receptionist or call us at  (423) 899-9133.