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Fairhaven Nurse Practitioners



Melissa Bach, WHNP

Professional interest:
Melissa has been a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner at Fairhaven OB/GYN since 1999. She enjoys helping women with contraceptive issues and has a special interest in making the first time exam a more pleasant experience.

Personal information:
Melissa spends free time with her husband and two sons who are very active in sports. She enjoys reading and outdoor activities.

Professional degrees and certifications:
Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program at Ball State University, 1997
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Valparaiso University, 1993

Shelby Faltynski, FNP-BC

Professional interest:
Shelby is passionate about health promotion and patient education. She enjoys partnering with her patients to help them achieve their family planning, health, and wellness goals.

Personal information:
Shelby and her husband Bruce enjoy running, coaching cross country, and being active together.

Professional degrees and certifications:
RN, BSN from Bethel College, 2010
FNP, MSN from Indiana University South Bend, 2014

Karen Newcomer, FNP-BC

Professional interest:
Passionate about women’s health, Karen has spent most of her career caring for pregnant patients. She feels strongly that the patient should be at the center of the care model. As such, she enjoys educating patients on their health and well-being.

Personal information:
Karen and her husband, Kyle, enjoy biking the trails of Goshen. She enjoys knitting and reading for leisure.

Professional degrees and certifications:
RN, BSN from Indiana University South Bend, 2013
FNP, MSN from Indiana University South Bend, 2020