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MELISSA STENDAHL

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Licensed in TX, NY, CO

Melissa served for over 11 years as an officer in the United States Air Force before transitioning to civilian life after earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Texas State University. She enjoys applying her unique blend of experiences in lifelong athletics and professional leadership to her physical therapy practice.


Practice philosophy: Melissa's mission is to empower clients to live their desired lifestyle and to have autonomy in their health by understanding mind and body wellness concepts and self care. She promotes the concept of “prehab” (preventive care to avoid injury or re-injury) and active participation from clients, placing great emphasis on education so that each person understands their diagnosis and plan of care, and has confidence in symptom management. Melissa uses a highly collaborative client-therapist relationship to identify strategies for clients to continue their activities, rather than just saying "no".


Special interest areas include fitness programming (guiding people to remain capable or to recovery capability in their fitness); and labor & delivery prep, including advocacy for birth autonomy. She is equally enthusiastic about helping clients of all genders.

Background: Melissa practiced in orthopedics and sports rehab in Colorado, where she recognized a lack of resources for people suffering from pelvic issues. She became passionate about helping to change this, and trained in pelvic and obstetric PT with the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and the American Physical Therapy Association before moving to New York, where she worked extensively in pelvic rehab at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy in Manhattan. She went on to establish her private practice in Brooklyn, and then again in San Antonio after moving back to Texas to be near family and friends.

Melissa currently specializes in physical therapy for adult pelvic health. She is one of less than 180 practitioners to have the Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy and Postpartum Physical Therapy from the American Physical Therapy Association, which indicates comprehension in perinatal care, including high risk pregnancies and pregnant athletes. She is also in the first graduating class of international PECOS Program certified practitioners, providing support and therapeutic services during pre-conception, pregnancy, and early childhood for the prevention of chronic disease and optimization of human development.

 

CERTIFICATIONS

Certificate of Achievement in Prenatal and Postpartum Physical Therapy (CAPP-OB) from the American Physical Therapy Association

PECOS Level 1 & 2 Certified (evidence-based wellness interventions for pre-conception, pregnancy and until 2 years of life)

COURSEWORK / TRAINING

500+ hours accredited advanced coursework in physical therapy from the:

  • American Physical Therapy Association

  • Barral Institute

  • Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute

  • Institute of Physical Art

  • Julie Wiebe PT

  • Mulligan Concepts

  • Pelvic Guru

  • The PECOS Program (thepecosmethod.com)

  • POP Up Pro (www.popuplifting.com)

OTHER

Co-Founder of the Alamo Pelvic Health Collective

MOVEMENT EXPERIENCE

  • Weight Training and HIIT – 15 years

  • Ashtanga & Vinyasa Yoga – 8 years

  • Boxing - 2 years

  • Soccer – 25+ years

  • Pilates reformer level 1 teacher training – Ellie Herman Pilates