Melanie brings 20 years of clinical experience to her patients at STARS and demonstrates a life long commitment to learning so that she can provide the most up to date, evidenced based care for her patients. She graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, a Master of Science (MSc) in Neurological Rehabilitation from the University of British Colombia in 2005, and most recently she completed her clinical Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (t-DPT) from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2017. In 2010 Melanie joined an elite class of clinicians when she became Board Certified in Neurology (NCS) by the American Physical Therapy Association, and she is also a certified LSVT BIG clinician and Parkinson’s Wellness and Recovery (PWR) certified therapist, which are target therapy programs specifically designed for people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD).
Her passion at STARS is to improve the quality of life of people living with PD. In addition to creating novel individual and group therapy programs focused on agility and mobility, she facilitates the St. Augustine Parkinson’s disease support group, which offers patients and caregivers free year round educational resources and social support via monthly meetings and partnerships with local health care providers.
Melanie also enjoys mentoring junior clinicians and is an assistant professor at the University of St. Augustine where she teaches physical therapy students in the neuromuscular curriculum. She helps to spread her knowledge to others by speaking at PD support groups in the north Florida area and by presenting her work at national conferences. Most recently she spoke at the 2016 American Physical Therapy Association’s NEXT conference on the benefits of cardiovascular training in people living with chronic neurological health conditions.
Melanie resides in Saint Augustine beach with her husband, David (also a STARS PT), and two children, Ryan and Ella. She enjoys running, volleyball, and horseback riding. Her personal accomplishments include competing in the 2002 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.