Melissa earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2008 from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Melissa believes in a holistic approach to physical therapy, treating her patients with a positive attitude while focusing on her patient’s goals to return them to their optimal level of function. With years of experience and quality training focused on evaluating movement, body mechanics and posture, she uses a hands-on approach to cater treatment to patient’s individual needs.
Melissa recently completed a 3-month Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) residency program at the world renowned Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo, Ca. In this setting she helped patient’s rehabilitate from stroke, brain and spinal cord injuries, trauma and other neurological impairments. She is currently active in advancing her manual skills by taking courses offered through the Institute of Physical Art with the goal of becoming a Certified Functional Manual Therapist (CFMT).
Melissa enjoys facilitating patient’s rehabilitation from common orthopedic injuries; for example low back pain, neck pain, rotator cuff strains, and ankle sprains, and loves working with patients post orthopedic surgeries; such as ACL repair, rotator cuff repair and total hip, knee and shoulder replacements. Melissa is excited to bring her professional experience and enthusiasm to Washougal Spine and Sport. She looks forward to advancing her manual skills through one-on-one patient care and contributing to the continued standard of excellence associated with Washougal Spine and Sport therapists.