From a very young age, Melissa always had a deep fascination and appreciation for animals. She was born and raised in Cincinnati, where she spent most of her childhood surrounded by various animals, including two Rhodesian Ridgebacks, several rabbits, and a green anole lizard. She received her Bachelor’s in Biology from Saint Louis University and took a year off school to work at a small animal general practice back home in Cincinnati. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Missouri, where she developed a strong interest in surgery, dermatology, and preventative care.
She has a 3-year-old Boston Terrier named Beans who travels with Dr. Saele just about everywhere. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, attending concerts, hanging out at the beach, and spending time with family and friends. Dr. Saele is excited and honored to be serving the beautiful community of La Jolla!