Melissa is an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist who is a graduate of the University of Florida. She has been working at Emory Rehabilitation Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia for the last 16 years. During this time, she has worked with a multitude of neurologic and orthopedic injuries including stroke, brain injury, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury and upper extremity amputations among others. She has been a member of the ALS team at Emory, was a treating clinician with the ICARE stroke clinical trial, and took part in Emory’s first hand transplant. She is a member of the Georgia Hand and Upper Extremity Interest Group and currently works as the outpatient hand therapist on Emory’s main campus. Outside of work, Melissa is happily married with one daughter and a golden retriever. She is a member of her daughter’s Home and School Association and she has a passion for yoga, travel and anything creative. Throughout her life and career, Melissa has learned the importance of connecting the mind and body in order for one to truly heal. She believes that therapeutic intervention should not just be following a specific protocol, it should be personalized. Incorporating compassion, empathy, touch, mindfulness and breath along with physical intervention have the opportunity to make a “broken” person feel whole again.
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