Laguna Beach Doctor Named Medical Director at New Health Center

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Dr. Melissa Siew
Dr. Melissa Siew

Dr. Melissa Siew, a Laguna Beach specialist in internal medicine, has been named medical director for The Orchards Health Center in Rancho Mission Viejo, California. Siew will be responsible for overseeing the medical care for the health center’s assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing residents.

As medical director, Siew will partner with The Orchards to provide resident care and staff training. Additionally, she will act as a liaison between administration and attending physicians and be responsible for reviewing and evaluating administrative and patient care policies. Siew is a member of the Ohana Physicians Cooperative in Laguna Beach, California, with hospital affiliations and privileges at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, and Saddleback Memorial Hospital in Laguna Hills, California.

After graduating from Columbia University’s postbaccalaureate premedical program, Siew earned her medical degree from St. George’s University in Grenada and completed her residency at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California. She had previously earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and an international finance degree from Karl Marx University of Economic Sciences in Budapest, Hungary. She is a resident of Laguna Beach.

Kelly Conk, administrator for The Orchards, said, “By adding Dr. Siew to our program of medical services, we hope to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions and eliminate the need for offsite doctor visits. Dr. Siew has a passion for working with older adults and educating them about the importance of healthy living and continuity of care. We are thrilled to have her on board.”

The Orchards, located at 1 Amistad in Rancho Mission Viejo, is scheduled to open its assisted living and memory care community in early October with move-ins beginning soon after. The community is now accepting refundable deposits for assisted living and memory care as part of its Harvest Club. Early depositors will have first choice of apartment units and a rate lock until 2023. More information about The Orchards and its Harvest Club can be found at or by calling 949-545-2260.

Conk said The Orchards will feature a two-story, grand living room with a fireplace, media room, intergenerational Family Fun Zone, private dining room for family celebrations, library, conference room, fitness center and restaurant-style dining. Outdoor amenities include private courtyards for each level of care, putting green and numerous water features. WiFi will be available throughout the entire building.

Full-time wellness nurses, trained caregivers and medication technicians will be on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Due to COVID-19, the new community will have a single point of entry for staff to ensure the health and safety of both residents and employees. All staff will follow strict health and safety measures according to CDC, state and local guidelines.

A separate, single point of entry for all visitors, family members and vendors will be provided as an additional safety measure.

The Gardens memory care neighborhood will offer private rooms with programs designed to meet the needs of residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Outside amenities include a garden and a courtyard with televisions as well as an indoor family lounge for quiet time.

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