For Dr. Melinda Hockensmith, a career in medicine was a perfect fit. With her father an Air Force Fighter Pilot and her mother a Stanford-educated English teacher, Dr. Hockensmith’s family placed a strong value on education and service. Her schoolteachers recognized her talent in math and science at an early age, encouraging her to pursue a challenging academic path, and suggested a career in the medical field.
Dr. Hockensmith earned her undergraduate degree in her home state of Texas at Southern Methodist University. Originally a psychology major, her concern for people pointed to a career in clinical psychology when she was offered a spot in the University’s psychology graduate program. Ultimately, Dr. Hockensmith followed her high school teachers’ advice, her own passion for problem solving, and applied to medical school. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
An interest in transplant, dialysis and critical care brought Dr. Hockensmith to Colorado for her Internal Medicine residency and Nephrology fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Upon completion, she became board certified in both Internal Medicine and Nephrology and joined Pikes Peak Nephrology Associates.
Dr. Hockensmith chooses to work with the physicians at Pikes Peak Nephrology because of their strong work ethic and team approach to medicine—values they all still share more than a decade after their collaboration began.
Today, Dr. Hockensmith’s patients are grateful for her career choice. She earned 100 percent patient satisfaction in 2012, according to the Hospital Consumer Assessment Survey. She was also named one of 2013’s Top Doctors in Nephrology by Colorado Springs Style magazine, and USA Today cited her as one of the nation’s most influential doctors in 2009.
Dr. Hockensmith currently serves as medical director of the Liberty Home Dialysis program. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Nephrology. She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Kidney Foundation, is the former president of the Colorado Society of Nephrology, and a member of the Renal Physicians Association, the American Medical Association, Colorado Medical Society, Memorial Hospital Critical Care Committee and El Paso County Medical Society.