Dr. Melissa completed a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and a Master of Science in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph. During this time, she played Varsity soccer, receiving multiple All-Star awards, an award for community service, and was voted MVP in her final year. The injuries she sustained over these 5 years motivated her to seek answers and help support developing athletes through their journey in sport.
Dr. Melissa graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2016. She was accepted into the prestigious Sports Sciences Residency program which she completed in 2018. This rigorous graduate program was designed to further develop diagnostic and hands-on skills, research, teaching and presentation skills, as well as exposed Dr. Melissa to a variety of clinical experiences, such as shadowing orthopaedic surgeons and witnessing surgeries.
In 2019, Dr. Melissa achieved her dream of becoming a Sports Specialist Chiropractor when she successfully completed the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (RCCSS) fellowship exam. As such, she feels prepared with the most up-to-date research and clinical practices to educate, support and empower athletes as they work towards achieving their goals in sport and in life.
Dr. Melissa also holds certifications as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach, Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist and Emergency First Responder. She has taken extra courses to improve her manual techniques including Active Release Technique, Functional Range Release, Functional Range Assessment, Athletic Movement Assessment, instrument assisted soft tissue techniques and athletic taping.
Dr. Melissa also works as a research associate at the Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation at Ontario Tech and CMCC. In 2020, she was awarded the Young Investigator of the Year by the Canadian Chiropractic Association.