Dr. Melinda Hockensmith earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Southern Methodist University, graduating with Departmental Distinction. She went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine 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 in 2001.
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 since their collaboration began. She believes her patients should be part of that team too and values the importance of listening with compassion, educating and talking openly and honestly with them about their kidney disease.
Dr. Hockensmith currently serves as the 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, and El Paso County Medical Society.
When she’s not caring for her patients, Dr. Hockensmith enjoys spending time with her family and friends, planning travel adventures, skiing, and playing the piano.