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 be able 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” (preventative 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 through all life phases); 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 went on to study and train 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 before establishing her private practice in Brooklyn. She later moved 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 care for the perinatal population, including high risk pregnancies and the pregnant athlete. 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.
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:
Co-Founder of the Alamo Pelvic Health Collective
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