|Title:||Team Orthopedic Surgeon|
Dr. Melissa DeNiel serves as the orthopedicsurgeon for Ferris State University Athletics and is presently inher 15th year of providing the medical service to FSUstudent-athletes.
Dr. DeNiel, who started at Ferris State in August 2000, iscurrently an orthopedic surgeon at Michigan Medical PC SurgerySpecialists in Grand Rapids, Mich. Prior to her currentposition, DeNiel became American Board Certified in Orthopedics in2002 and then became board certified in sports medicine in2007. She completed her orthopedic residency from 1993-99followed by a fellowship in Orthopedic Sports Medicine andArthroscopy in 1999-2000.
A native of Green Bay, Wis., DeNiel received a bachelor ofscience degree in physics from Loyola University in Chicago, Ill.,in 1988. She was a member of the Ramblers' NCAA DivisionI women's basketball team during her freshman season, but suffereda career-ending anterior cruciate ligament in her knee. Following a number of surgeries, DeNiel was redshirted for aseason and changed her career focus to attending medicalschool.
DeNiel would go on to earn her M.D. degree in 1993 from theUniversity of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis.
A 1984 graduate of Bay Port High School in Howard, Wis., DeNielwas a standout in both basketball and track. She receivedAll-Bay Conference basketball honors in both her junior and seniorseasons along with being tabbed the Metro Player of the Year andearning team Most Valuable Player accolades in bothcampaigns. An academic all-state selection in basketball,DeNiel competed in track and presently holds theschool record in the 300-yard hurdles. She also placedfourth in the state meet for 300-yard hurdles and participatedin the 800-yard hurdles at the state finals in her junioryear.
The daughter of Alice Hansen of Green Bay, Wis., DeNiel has twobrothers and three sisters.
DeNiel, who resides in Rockford, Mich., enjoys hiking, camping,snowshoe skiing, and loves all dogs.