Melissa joined the Taylor Rehab team in December 2013. She attended Clemson University where she received a Bachelors of Science in Health Science. She then attended East Carolina University where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. During her time at ECU, Melissa was a graduate assistant to Dr. Leslie Allison, PT, Ph.D., assistant professor specializing in geriatrics and fall prevention research. As a graduate research assistant she helped coordinate and run a free fall risk assessment clinic in the community. Her doctoral research was in the field of geriatric fall prevention and she was a co-winner of the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association 2011 Fall Conference student research poster presentation for development of a patented innovative clinical fall risk assessment tool. Melissa also took several special topics courses while at East Carolina, including in depth training in vestibular and balance disorders.
Melissa enjoys treating a variety of patient populations including geriatrics, spine pain, vestibular disorders, general orthopedics and sports injuries. She has completed extensive continuing education including training in spinal and peripheral joint mobilization from Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars. She is also credentialed through the American Academy of Manual Therapy (AAMT) in Dry Needling. Additionally she is certified in Graston Technique instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization and is trained in Kinesio Taping with the Kinesio Taping International Association.
Melissa lives in Mooresville, North Carolina with her husband Cameron. They both enjoy staying active through cycling, running, hiking, and kayaking Lake Norman.