As the chief medical officer and president of OccMD Group P.A. in Dallas, Melissa D. Tonn, MD, oversees a variety of medical services, including occupational-injury management for organizations that have elected to provide an alternative benefit program for work injuries/illnesses. In addition to her role at OccMD, Melissa D. Tonn, MD, is a member of the District 2 Review Committee of the Texas Medical Board and the past vice chair of the Texas Woman’s University (TWU) Board of Regents.
The Frontiers Program: Foster Care Alumni at TWU operates with the goal of increasing the graduation rate among students who have spent time in the foster-care system. Throughout the United States, graduation rates for these students at higher-education institutions hover between 1 and 9 percent. Today, the graduation rate at TWU ranks higher than those at comparable institutions around the country, thanks largely in part to the varied services maintained by the Frontiers Program.
Services include in-depth financial support and guidance and are available to current and prospective students. To learn more about Frontiers Program opportunities, visit www.twu.edu.
In addition to her role as chief medical officer of OccMD Group PA in Dallas, Dr. Melissa Tonn is a faculty member at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches courses in occupational health. Actively involved in medical education over the years, Dr. Melissa Tonn is a longtime supporter of Texas Woman’s University (TWU), where she previously served as vice chair of the board of regents.
In October 2018, TWU announced the appointment of Kimberly Russell, EdD, as its new vice president for university advancement. She will step into the role on December 1, bringing with her more than 20 years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. She comes to the position after a three-year appointment as the chancellor at the Eunice campus of Louisiana State University (LSU).
At LSU, Ms. Russell oversaw enrollment growth of nearly 30 percent at her campus and the expansion of in-demand health care offerings. In her comments, TWU president and chancellor Carine M. Feyten spoke of the vital role that university advancement plays in the overall health of the institution.
Ms. Russell is also a former director of foundation and corporate relations at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, where he was responsible for securing $5 million in grant funding on behalf of several charitable foundations.
Board-certified occupational medicine practitioner Melissa Tonn has been in practice for more than 32 years. Based in Dallas, Melissa Tonn supports Texas Women’s University (TWU).
TWU is the country’s largest women’s university, enrolling about 15,000 students. Dedicated to empowering all women with education, TWU offers programs to assist students who have fallen into financial distress. One of them is the Tonn Emergency Aid for adults who’ve aged out of foster care.
This emergency aid provides crucial funding to students who have outgrown foster care and are facing financial emergencies that threaten to disrupt their education. These emergencies include homelessness, food insufficiency, medical expenses, or cut off essential utilities.
Only eligible students will be considered for this aid. These are students who have aged out of foster care, have enrolled or are about to enroll in the coming semester, are registered for a minimum of nine credits that coming semester, are in good academic standing, and have documentary evidence of the emergency they are facing. They can apply by filling out an application form and submitting it to the university’s financial aid office. A response will be given in three days by the relevant committee.
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.
Dr. Melissa Tonn is a respected presence in the Dallas medical community who maintains status as a board certified occupational medicine practitioner and serves as president and chief medical officer of OccMD Group, P.A. Active in various professional associations, Dr. Melissa Tonn also holds responsibilities as vice chair of the Texas Woman’s University (TWU) Board of Regents.
Working with Texas Woman's University, Dr. Tonn has been integral in creating the campus program Tonn Emergency Aid for Adults who have Aged Out of Foster Care. This unique funding pathway is designed to meet the emergency needs of students who are at risk of having their university studies disrupted by life events.
Not intended as a consistent source of supplemental money toward school or basic needs, the program offers students facing homelessness, medical emergencies, and lack of money for utilities a lifeline for stabilizing their personal situations. Approval for aid is contingent on meeting specific academic requirements as a TWU student in good standing, with funds available a maximum of one time per semester.
An experienced physician, Melissa D. Tonn, MD, specializes in musculoskeletal disorders, workers’ compensation and disability cases, and chronic regional pain syndrome.