Melanie Brace, MD

I am a board certified psychiatrist with over 25 years treating youth and families. I have experience providing care to patients with a wide variety of mental health and behavioral health problems.


I received my Bachelors of Science Degree at Michigan State University in 1985 and later a Medical Degree from the University of Michigan in 1990. After interning at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit Michigan in Internal Medicine I went on to post graduate training in Residencies at the University of Washington in General and then in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry completing training in 1995.


After residency I joined the faculty at the University of Washington Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division and was on staff at Seattle Children’s hospital for the next six years treating patients hospitalized for mental/behavioral illness or with complex medical comorbidities. After starting a family I transitioned to private practice in Gig Harbor WA to be closer to home and later I joined Harbor Pediatrics in Gig Harbor working in conjunction with primary care to provide more integrated service specializing in the care of complex patients who struggle with more complicated mood/anxiety or behavior disorders.


I feel it is a privilege to work with children, teens and their families on the journey of stabilization and recovery from life impacting mental and behavioral health problems. My goal is to provide excellent, sensitive care in collaboration with other allied mental and medical health providers whether simply providing consultation to a primary care provider or assuming ongoing care for patients and families.


I provide assessment, medication management, eclectic therapies and collaboration for a variety of disorders including mood, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, ODD, Conduct disorder, Tic and Tourette’s disorders, and early onset psychotic disorders. I also have interest and experience working with patients with Autism and Developmental disorders.


I believe in supporting families and helping them connect with other community services and supports to help strengthen the recovery process. No one should have to struggle with a family member with mental or behavioral health problems on their own.