Dr. Melissa Tonn teaches population health as a clinical assistant professor at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin and serves as an occupational medicine physician in Dallas. In addition, Dr. Melissa Tonn is the vice chair of the Board of Regents of Texas Woman’s University, where she established the Melissa D. Tonn Emergency Fund for adults aging out of the foster care system.
Students aging out of the foster care system can encounter unexpected financial problems and life circumstances that make it difficult to continue to finance their education. The Emergency Fund offers financial assistance to these students, provided they meet all program requirements and remain in good academic standing. Qualifying emergencies range from homelessness and inadequate food supplies to significant uncovered medical expenses and cutoff of necessary utilities.
To qualify, students must be currently registered for at least nine credit hours and either plan to enroll or already be enrolled in the semester following their request for aid. In addition, they must provide documentation of the emergency. Funds do not cover routine expenses, and approved recipients receive emergency funding only once per academic year.
Based in Dallas, Dr. Melissa Tonn guides OccMD Group, P.A., as a board certified occupational medicine physician who is also certified in pain management. Dr. Melissa Tonn holds longstanding appointment on the Texas Woman’s University’s Board of Regents and has set in place the Tonn Emergency Aid for Adults who have Aged Out of Foster Care program.
The financial assistance program provides qualifying students with assistance in situations involving catastrophic events and financial emergencies that threaten their ability to continue with their education. Not intended for everyday expenses, the funds are designed strictly as a supplement to existing funding and are available only once each semester.
Qualifying emergencies include medical expenses for oneself or child that are not covered through insurance. In addition, homelessness, lack of adequate food, and loss of housing because of a natural disaster are valid reasons to access funds through the program. Students in good academic standing must be registered in a minimum of nine credits and maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 to qualify.
An experienced physician, Melissa D. Tonn, MD, specializes in musculoskeletal disorders, workers’ compensation and disability cases, and chronic regional pain syndrome.