2012 Higher Education Risk Management Conference - Speakers Biography
Melissa D. Tonn, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., CPE, FACOEM, FACPM, FAADEP, DAAPM
President and Chief Medical Officer
OccMD Group P.A.
Dr. Melissa Tonn is a Board Certified Occupational Medicine Physician and Certified in Pain Management. She is President and Chief Medical Officer of OccMD Group P.A. OccMD provides nurse case management services for numerous employers who have opted out of workers’ compensation. Dr. Tonn has a clinical practice in Dallas and privileges at the Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. She also evaluates patients in Ft. Worth and in Houston.
Dr. Tonn was the Medical Director for the Texas Health System/Presbyterian Occupational Health Network (POHN) in Dallas from May 1995 to April 2000. Her activities with POHN included serving as the Medical Director of Employee Health for the Presbyterian Healthcare System and as the Medical Director for Bell Helicopter-Textron, Inc. Dr. Tonn was also the Medical Director for the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System (MHHS) Occupational Health Services/WorkLink Program from January 1992 to October 1999.
Dr. Tonn completed her undergraduate degrees at Rice University and her medical degree at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She has completed residencies at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from Rice University and a Masters of Public Health from The University of Texas, School of Public Health in Houston.
Dr. Tonn is a Fellow in the American College of Occupational Environmental Medicine, the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians and a Diplomate in the American Academy of Pain Management. She is a two time past-President of the Texas College of Occupational Environmental Medicine. She served on the Medical Advisory Committee to the Texas Workers’ Compensation Commission for many years, and was appointed Chairman in June 2000. Dr. Tonn served on the Board of Directors of the American College of Occupational Environmental Medicine from April 1997 to May 2000 and she was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians, and she served 2 terms, from 2003-2010. In January 2010, she was elected to the position of AADEP Secretary-Treasurer, and in January 2011 she became Present-elect. In March 2011, she was appointed by Governor Perry to serve on the Board of Regents of Texas Woman’s University. She also holds an appointment by Governor Perry to the Texas Medical Board, District 2 Review Committee. She has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The University of Texas, School of Public Health in Houston since 1995 and an Associate Professor and site preceptor for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler since 2003.
Dr. Tonn has extensive experience in the development of physician networks, cost containment and utilization management programs and on-site clinics. She consults with a number of large, nationally recognized corporations on occupational and non-occupational issues including workers’ compensation, employee health and wellness, disability management and international travel. Over the past 21 years, she has worked with many, if not most, of the responsible nonsubscribers in Texas. She has been actively involved in developing educational programs for physicians, nurses, adjusters and employers, most recently on such topics as evidence based medicine, causation and extent of injury and return to work.