Melissa graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2005 with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She continued her studies at Sheridan College where she completed a Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences in Athletic Therapy, graduating with High Honours in 2008, receiving a bursary award for Excellence in Athletic Therapy. She is currently a Certified Athletic Therapist and Registered Kinesiologist. She has been a member of the Canadian and Ontario Athletic Therapists Associations since 2005, the Ontario Kinesiology Association since 2009, and a member of the new College of Kinesiologists of Ontario since 2013. She has expanded her knowledge through several postgraduate courses including Lumbar and Cervical Mobilization courses, Stuart McGill’s “Building the Ultimate Back”, Soft Tissue Release, Cancer Rehabilitation, and Post-Concussion Assessment and Treatment Courses. She is certified in administering the IMPACT neurocognitive baseline and post-concussion computer tests. She has experience assessing visual, autonomic, and vestibular deficits associated with mild traumatic brain injuries and has designed programs and exercises to help address them. She combines various manual therapy techniques in conjunction with individualized exercise prescription in her practice to cater to the unique requirements of each patient.
She began her experience in the field of Sports Medicine with the Women’s Varsity Hockey team at UWO and has since been involved in field work with high school rugby, football, hockey, and wrestling, and Jr.B Lacrosse. She travelled to CIS Nationals in Newfoundland with McMaster’s Women’s Basketball team. She also works with National level figure skaters and swimmers. She has taught Injury Prevention Workshops to runners of all levels as well as to industrial workers. She is a Certified First Responder with Level HCP CPR and AED certifications, and has experience covering emergency care at high volume events including marathons, triathlons, wrestling and soccer tournaments. She currently works with the Milton Marlins Competitive Swim Team as their dry-land strength and conditioning coach.
In her spare time, Melissa enjoys running and general fitness, always trying to keep up to date with the latest fitness trends. She also enjoys hockey, hiking in the escarpment, cooking, attending live sporting events, and participating in outdoor activities. She is always looking for new ideas and innovative ways to incorporate exercise and healthy living into her lifestyle as well as sharing her passion with others. Her strengths lie in soft tissue manipulation and fascial release work as well as perfecting form when designing safe and specialized exercise programs for people of all fitness levels with or without pre-existing medical and musculoskeletal conditions.
She is also highly anticipating the upcoming Pan-Am Games where she will be working in Hamilton covering soccer events.
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