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Melissa Seelbach, MD,PhD

About Melissa

As a doctor, she is primarily motivated by her patients, many of who are significantly debilitated by their chronic pain condition. She enjoys being their doctor in these circumstances. It is both challenging and rewarding at the same time. She is also motivated by widespread recognition of the public burden of chronic pain, which has stimulated rapid innovation and informational technology in pain medicine. Outside of the office, she likes traveling, the outdoors, and spending time with family. She is proud and excited to serve the Grand Forks community.

Professional Memberships

American Medical Association (AMA), American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, International Neuromodulation Society, Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, Board Certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Fellowship Trained Interventional Pain Specialist

Philosophy of Medicine

"I chose a career in pain medicine early in my anesthesiology residency after medical school. I chose to focus on interventional approaches to pain because I saw that traditional methods of treating pain (opioid narcotics) were not effective for our chronic pain patients. Chronic pain is prevalent in our communities, and activity-limiting low back pain is the number one cause of disability globally. I aspired to preserve function, reduce pain, and improve quality of life by minimally invasive injection interventions, cutting-edge neuromodulation, and regenerative medicine therapies. Pain management gives me the opportunity to approach each patient with a personalized treatment plan using clinically proven therapies for their unique pain condition as part of a multimodal comprehensive approach to pain management."

Locations Altru Hospital, Altru Professional Center, Altru Specialty Center
Medical Interests Special Clinical Interests:
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Joint injections
  • Trigger point injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Nerve blocks (sympathetic and peripheral)Platelet-rich plasma therapy
  • Neuromodulation therapies (spinal cord stimulator and peripheral nerve stimulators)


Reviews are collected from our patient experience survey results. Comments may be edited or omitted in some instances, for example to remove protected health information or a reference to irrelevant information. We do not alter any information that would change the meaning or sentiment of the comment.

  • 07/09/2022

    Dr Seelbach was amazing, made me feel less stressed, less anxious, and less frightened about my serious condition. Dr Seelbach is super intelligent . She knew right away what I have and how she is going to approach my situation. Took great care and talked to me like a person. She listened well to my concerns. She never made me feel inferior. I feel like there is some kind of hope. I am grateful to be under her care.

    Rating: 5
  • 04/24/2022

    Dr. Seelbach is awesome!

    Rating: 5