Dr. Carolyn Kollar completed medical school and internship in Pennsylvania, her home state. Dr. Melinda Velez completed medical school and internship in Texas, her home state. Both of them were accepted to an OB/GYN residency program in Dayton, Ohio. It was there that the two of them commiserated during their first year as the ONLY 2 first year OB/GYN residents.
During this time, they became very close friends and their friendship endured throughout the residency program. Because they got along and had very similar styles and approaches to patient care, it seemed the obvious choice to form a business and medical partnership. Fortunately, upon completion of their residency program, the opportunity for this professional partnership became available at Methodist hospital.
Each of them moved to the Dallas area to establish an OB/GYN medical and surgical practice, which is Premier Women’s Health.
Dr. Melinda J. Velez grew up in Waco, TX. She is the daughter of Joseph F. Velez, PhD, and Madolyn M. Velez. Dr. Joseph Velez is a retired professor who taught at Baylor University for 30 years, as well as an ordained Southern Baptist minister. Madolyn M. Velez taught both high school Spanish and English as well as Spanish at Baylor. They are both graduates of Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas.
Dr. Melinda Velez graduated as Valedictorian from Midway High School in 1989, and attended Baylor University. She graduated from Baylor’s pre-med program with a major in anthropology and a minor in biology. Dr. Velez worked and also spent a semester at Southern Methodist University working on her PhD in medical anthropology before entering medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth in 1995. She graduated from UNTHSC in 1999 and spent 1 year training in internal medicine. During that year, she decided to pursue her dream of OB/GYN, and applied and was accepted for a residency in OB/GYN at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Velez was excited at the opportunity to return to Texas, the state she loves, and begin private practice in the Methodist Health System.
Dr. Velez’s interests are hiking and backpacking, especially in the backcountry of our National Parks and wilderness areas, taking nature photos, landscaping and developing a residential ecosystem in her yard using native plants and flowers, working out, playing tennis, playing the piano, and reading. She also has 2 dogs and 2 cats.