Biography

Melissa Stendahl

Melissa Stendahl

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Melissa brings a unique blend of expertise to the physical therapy treatment table. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences from Clemson University in 2004, when she was also commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force. She served for over 11 years, transitioning to the physical therapy profession in 2010. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Texas State University in 2013. Melissa grew up playing soccer, then dabbled in boxing for two years before embracing weight training and yoga into her lifestyle. Her movement background includes over 13 years of weight training and over six years of regular Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga practice and self study. She also designed and led group fitness training in the military. Melissa enjoys applying her extensive experience in athletics and leadership and management to coordinate individualized and multidisciplinary rehab plans with her clients. Her mission is to empower patients to achieve mind and body wellness to meet their full functional potential.

Melissa began practice in orthopedics and sports rehabilitation in Texas and then Colorado before realizing a passion for adult pelvic health and obstetrics. She recognized a significant lack of resources for women prenatal and postpartum, and for all genders suffering from pelvic issues, and became passionate about helping to change this. Melissa studied pelvic and obstetric rehabilitation with the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and the American Physical Therapy Association before moving to New York, where she specialized in pelvic rehab at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy in Manhattan before practicing in Brooklyn.

Melissa currently specializes in adult pelvic health, obstetrics, visceral (organ) manipulation, and orthopedic manual therapy, and is one of less then 90 practitioners to have the Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy and Postpartum Physical Therapy from the American Physical Therapy Association. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association chapters in Orthopedics and in Women’s Health. To maintain a high level of professional competency and to stay current with medical and healthcare developments, she attends 4-6 advanced physical therapy courses per year and weekly peer-to-peer training, and participates in community events and professional conferences.

Achievements / Events

Certificate of Achievement in Prenatal and Postpartum Physical Therapy (CAPP-OB) from the American Physical Therapy Association – 2018

Miles for Midwives Silver Sponsor – 2017

Seminar lecturer on Reproductive Health at Pelvic Health 101 biannual series at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy, LLC, New York, NY – 2015-2017

Founder and Director of the aquatic physical therapy program at Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club, Greenwood, CO – 2013-2015

Unit Physical Training Leader, United States Air Force – 2004-2007

Coursework / Experience

400+ 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
  • Mulligan Concepts

Movement Experience:

  • Weight Training and HIIT – 14 years
  • Ashtanga & Vinyasa Yoga – 7 years
  • Boxing – 2 years
  • Soccer – 25+ years