Hi there, I'm Dr. Mel! One of my favorite parts of being a physical therapist is getting to know my patients, their stories, and what motivates them every day. I'd love to share a little about myself so you can get a glimpse of who I am. Here's some background on me:
I grew up in the small town of Astoria, Oregon. This small town upbringing greatly shaped who I am today and why I value relationships and connection to my community so much.
When I was in college, I had every intention of choosing a path that would lead me to a career in dentistry, specifically orthodontics, as I wanted to see my patients on a regular basis and get to know them. Well, I later discovered the field of physical therapy and fell in love. Years later, I now specialize in treating TMJ and orofacial conditions. This is the perfect blend of two passions and interests for me, and I am so grateful to be able to have this opportunity to help patients with this specific and often agonizing area of pain/dysfunction. I also love to treat sports injuries and other orthopedic conditions, as I grew up playing sports year round, so helping others be able to optimize their movement for athletics (or any other movement goal) is incredibly rewarding and relatable!
My motivation for everything is my family. I have a wonderful husband, 1.5 year old daughter, and an 8 year old Australian Shepherd. I want to be able to get on the floor and crawl around with my daughter, throw her up in the air, chase my wild dog around the yard, and run on the soft sand when we go on vacation. This is my motivation for staying healthy, strong, and most importantly, keeping my body moving so I can enjoy these precious moments. I look forward to learning about your "why" and helping you to meet your goals!
With MovementX, our model allows me to spend quality 1 on 1 time with you so we can get to know each other, tailor our sessions to meet your individualized goals and help you move your best! I strive to make you feel comfortable and always do my best to encourage you along the way! Being mobile means I am happy to travel to your home, work, or gym in order to best accommodate your schedule and treat you where you are most comfortable!
Call or text the number above to get in touch with me directly for a free phone consultation about what your health goals are and what you wish to accomplish. You can also click here to request care with me today.
McMinnville, OR - Yamhill County - Salem - Polk County - Lake Oswego - Sherwood - Wilsonville
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CONDITIONS TREATED (not an exclusive list)
TMJ and Orofacial Pain: Jaw pain, neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, bruxism, masticatory myalgia, facial fractures, postural dysfunction, disc derangement, degenerative joint disease, myofascial pain, ear fullness (baroacusis), Bell’s Palsy, post-surgical
Sports injuries: Rotator cuff tears, ACL tears, meniscus tears, ligament sprains, muscle strains, stress fractures, disc herniations, plantar fasciitis, muscle spasms, tendinopathies and tendinitis
Orthopedic Pain & Stiffness: Neck pain, low back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, hypermobility, carpal tunnel, whiplash (MVA)
Chronic Pain: Fibromyalgia, chronic migraines, EDS, rhematoid and osteoarthritis, neuropathy
Post-Op Care: Rotator cuff, Total joint replacement, ACL and meniscus, Spinal surgery, PRP, Orthognathic surgery
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Dr. Mel earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from George Fox University in 2016. She has worked in outpatient orthopedics for 7 years, and has enjoyed treating a diversity of different orthopedic conditions. In 2021, Dr. Mel began pursuing a specialty in TMJ and orofacial pain, where she discovered a profound passion. She is now on track to sit for the CCTT (Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist) board exam for 2024, in which she would be the only practicing CCTT in Oregon.
🙌 Hands-on Manual Therapy
🏋️♂️ Personalized Exercise Training Programs
💪 Strengthening and Conditioning for Athletes
📝 Pain Management
⚖️ Balance Training and Falls Prevention
⚕️ Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
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