• IRIS Consultant Biography

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  Consultant Name Melissa Dixon
  Company Name TMG
  Phone Number 844-864-8987
  E-Mail IRISinfo@tmgwisconsin.com

Work History (starting with most recent)

Name of Agency Date of Employment Job Title
TMG 10/22/18 IRIS Consultant

Care Responsibilities

Your TMG IRIS consultant is your partner as you create a plan that meets your needs and stays within your IRIS budget. Your TMG IRIS consultant can connect you to resources in your area, and will be a great source of information for any questions you have about the IRIS program. In a self-directed program like IRIS, you decide who provides your support and services and when they happen. You may have natural support from people in your life, or you may choose to purchase the support you need from an agency or someone that you hire directly. Your TMG IRIS consultant will be there to talk through these decisions with you, and will help you put a plan in place that reflects your choices.

Educational Background

Name of Institution Major/Degree Degree Obtained Date Obtained
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Bachelor's Degree - Music Therapy Yes 5-1998

Credentials

Name of Certification / Accreditation Certifying Agency Date Certification was Obtained
Board Certified Music Therapist The Certification Board for Music Therapists 1-1999
Certified Information & Resource Specialist in Aging and Disability Alliance of Information & Referral Systems 10-2016

Specialties (e.g., working with autism, the elderly, employment for people with disabilities or youth in transition, mental health, experience with assisted technology)

Prior to coming to TMG, I worked for the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Barron, Rusk and Washburn counties. I have extensive experience with dementia, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities as well as helping those who need palliative and hospice care.

County/Region I'm familiar with

Chippewa, Rusk

Languages or Communication Skills

English

I'm comfortable with pets in the home

Yes

More about me

How do you Partner with people to 'clear the path ahead'?
For a partnership to be successful, each person needs to feel a sense of trust, support and optimism about the collaboration. As your IRIS Consultant, I will listen and learn about what's important to you and assist with creating a plan that will help you remain as independent as possible.

What's your favorite thing about being an IRIS consultant?
I enjoy helping others achieve their goals and dreams. Watching someone else shine in their own importance is very motivating to me.

What past experience prepared you to become an IRIS Consultant?
I have worked in the Human Services field for over 25 years, and have spent most of my career working as an Activity Director and Volunteer Coordinator in a skilled nursing facility. The last three years, I have worked as an Information and Assistance Specialist at the Aging and Disability Resource Center in Rusk County. I have hands-on experience with a variety of specialties and a strong desire to help others.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two children, as well as other family and friends. I also love to travel, relax and learn.

WI DHS/DLTC/F-01486 (04/2015)