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Dr. Melanie Mintzer

Family Medicine
Cary, NC
42 years experience female

Locations

Office

Cary

Address

1021 Darrington Drive, Cary
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

9193789114

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

CIGNA Health Care

Medicare

PHP

UnitedHealthcare

Wellpath Select Health Insurance

Coventry Health Care

About

Bio

Academic family physician for 20 years now in private practice in Raleigh, NC. Founder and CEO of Generations Family Practice, PA.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Family Medicine

Licenses

United States: North Carolina

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

200 Answers
4 Agrees
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Go to ER, poss MI: I am concerned about your elevated Blood pressure and arm pain, and the sudden onset of diarrhea. These could be signs of an impending cardiac event.... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Hormone response: white mucus is not diagnostic of anything specific however if it occurs on a regular basis mid cycle, it might signal a decrease in progesterone secre... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Viral infections: White blood cell counts before a viral infection may be normal , elevated or decreased. Feeling sick is not just a result of changes in your blood co... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Gulping water: You can cause a spasm in the throat muscles if you are gulping down liquids very quickly. If water was going down your throat at a funny angle, the m... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Stress in pregnancy: This is a complicated question and an important one. Stress can cause increase in body temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure in non pre... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Drug interaction: I hope you are asking about 7 mg of buspirone, not 7 grams. Buspirone usually is dispensed as 7.5 mg to 30 mg/ day. 5-HTP is usually a safe dose to... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Skin laceration: If your wound is still open it most likely is infected and that is why it has not closed up. You might need oral antibiotics or topical antibiotics ... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Bp and hydration: In healthy people, blood pressure is kept stable by the kidneys and does not change much unless one is VERY dehydrated, so much so that urine producti... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Clindamycin: For best results, apply the clindamycin gel or lotion to clean dry skin three times a day. If you have very oily skin you might want to use an alcoho... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Vaso vagal sx's: When you bear down to move your bowels, you stimulate your sympathetic nervous system which controls heart rate, stomach motility and ability to swea... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Not good: If you have WPW, you should consult a cardiac electrophysiologist. Slowing down the heart rate with Propranolol will not over ride the effects of a d... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
HPV: HPV is a viral infection that usually does not affect your blood count. If there is a very active infection, you might see a lower white blood cell c... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Sushi and pregnancy: California rolls have cooked crab, avocado and rice, all ok during pregnancy. Just make sure the fish or shellfish you eat is cooked, not raw and you... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Itchy face: You are describing a condition called seborrheic dermatitis which is eczema of the scalp, which can present with oily or dry skin. The itching sensat... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Pregnancy test: Yes, you could still be pregnant. It is important to find out whether you are pregnant and whether the level of the hormone BHCG is doubling every ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Black heads: Black heads are blocked sebaceous pores on the face which are covered over by dead skin. If you push on them you can express the small amount of white... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Pregnancy scare: If you have taken Postinor-2 within 72 hours after intercourse you will not get pregnant. This medication is high dose Progesterone which causes the ... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Smoking shish: There is nothing you can smoke that is good for your health. Smoking shisha, tobacco, hemp, vaporized electro cigarettes, or marijuana all cause irri... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Ocp questions: One usually gets a period after taking the full cycle [21 or 24 active pills. However, if you have had irregular menses, you may not get a period aft... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Thin endometrium: the thickness of the endometrium depends on what day of your menstrual cycle this measurement was taken. Mid cycle, the endometrial thickness should ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Exposure to fumes: At 23 weeks, the fetus is formed and protected from inhalation of fumes. Your lungs filter out the fumes and unless you have experienced some symptom... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
False positive preg: The main way one can get a false positive pregnancy test is very dilute urine. If you use your first morning urine specimen to test for pregnancy, it... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Wrist contusion: You may have stretched a tendon in your wrist causing it to click when you bend it. I can wear the splint for 72 hours to rest your wrist, and take A... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Ankle swelling: Flying dehydrates your system. You lose a lot of body fluid in a non hydrated environment and sitting with your legs handing down against gravity pul... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Fetility: The dostinex (cabergoline) you are on suppressed prolactin. By lowering your prolactin, you will become ovulatory. The hydrocortisone you are taking ... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Stiff joints: Joint stiffness can be caused by many things, including calcium imbalance, arthritis, thyroid conditions, dehydration, auto-immune conditions and medi... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Lidoderm patches: Make sure you are putting the patch on clean dry skin that has no residual soap or lotion on it. You can add an additional adhesive to keep the patch... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Chapstick: The chapstick and lip balm may be constantly irritating your lips, making you think you need more rather than less of this product. Overuse of these ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Splinting: Usually a splint is prescribed to keep a joint protected after an injury. It is meant to be worn all day and night for a certain period of time to de... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Splinting: Usually a splint is prescribed to be worn for 24 hours a day to protect a joint and prevent further injury to it. Ask the clinician who prescribed th... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Hemoglobin: 11.2 the amount of hemoglobin your blood contains and usually represents a hematocrit of 33.6, which is low. If one is dehydrated, the blood is conce... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Possible c. diff: Taking antibiotics can cause another infectious condition called c. difficile. This can be life threatening as it causes dehydration and bloody diar... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Menstrual spotting: Dark red spotting after a period is very common at the end of a menstrual cycle. The dark color of the blood is a result of a slower rate of bleeding... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Umbilical tenderness: Tenderness around the navel or umbilicus can be caused by many abdominal diseases including appendicitis, inflammatory bowel diseases, gastroenteritis... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Stiff finger: A stable volar plate injury should be healed in less than 6 months in a 35 year old woman. I would ask your physician to repeat the xray and if norma... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Abnormal menses: First things first, make sure you are NOT pregnant. If your test is negative, you are having anovulatory cycles either as a result of an imbalance o... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Blood count: a complete blood count [CBC] measures red blood cell count, size and shape, which are proxy measurements for iron, Vitamin B-12 and folic acid, white ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Early menses: Menstrual cycles are not always regular for a number of reasons including pregnancy, anovulatory cycle, hormone imbalance, missing a birth control pi... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Oral STD: I would make sure you have not picked up an STD by seeing a health professional to have a throat culture for gonorrhea and urethral swab for gonorrhea... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Urge to urinate: The urge to urinate can represent an inflammation of the urethra or bladder, caused by an infection, an allergy to soap or other vaginal preparation, ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Peeling toes: There is a virus that can cause peeling of the fingers and toes, accompanied by fever, sore throat, stiff neck, and meningitis like picture that needs... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Sternal pain: Pain that is made worse with movement usually represents muscle pain. Sternal pain can also be caused by heartburn, gastroesophagel reflux, heart pai... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Serum lipase : Elevations in serum lipase can be caused by medication, intermittent gall bladder obstruction or slow emptying of the gall bladder, alcohol excess, pr... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Pregnancy diagnosis: If your cycles are regular, you could have conceived as early as day 11 of your cycle. It is not too early to have the discharge and cramping be a sy... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Ectopic pregnancy: This presentation could be one of a tubal pregnancy. In order to completely rule out pregnancy, you need to have quantitative beta HCG measurements t... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Urine flow: Your first morning specimen always contains more solutes and cells after having collected in the bladder all night long. The flow should not be slower... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Growth and menses: Growth in girls is related to the onset of menses with the growth spurt occuring before the menarche or beginning of menses. It is thought that after... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Low platelets: Low platelet counts are usually not representative of any specific genetic condition, but reflect chronic illness, liver disease, or bone marrow dysfu... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Plantar warts: Plantar warts have a deep core that are painful. I would clean off your foot, and then soak it in warm water and epsom salts to further clean out any... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Boil: The combination of hot compresses and antibiotics may have already helped to decrease the infection causing the boil. Usually it takes more than 2 dos... Read More

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Dr. Mintzer clearly cares about every patient whose question she answers. Her explanations are educational while fully addressing the concern expressed. They show patience, an ability to make diffic...Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Mintzer is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Mintzer is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you very much i will take your advice and put it into practice
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! That was quick! Thank you! It just surprises me it lasts a few days!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! tyvm dr. i have this prob as well. ur answer is much appreciated.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

McGill University Faculty of Medicine, QC
Graduated 1980MD

Residency

SAN FRANCISCO GENERAL HOSPITAL
Completed 1983

Awards

American Cancer Society Career Development Award
Planned Parenthood Margaret Sanger Award
Top Doctor, Third Place, North Carolina - Summer
2014

Affiliations

American Board of Family Medicine
American Academy of Family Physicians
North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians
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