Melinda graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in French from Wake Forest University (WFU) with a minor in Psychology with a focus in pre-med courses. In college, Melinda enjoyed rowing with WFU, as well as being a member of an a cappella singing group. After college, she decided to pursue her life-long passion of baking and attended culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu to become a pastry chef. Melinda worked in San Francisco for 6 years where she enjoyed a variety of pastry and food related jobs as a pastry chef and chef instructor teaching others the joy of baking.
After being in PT many times herself as a patient due to various injuries, Melinda knew it was time to return to the health professions world and becoming a physical therapist was the perfect fit for her passions. After moving back to the east coast, she lived in Charleston, SC while taking courses to apply to grad school and she kept up with her love of rowing as an assistant rowing coach for the College of Charleston. After moving to Washington, DC for grad school, Melinda received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The George Washington University in 2019. She enjoys specializing in persistent pain, spinal injuries and rehabilitation, and general orthopedic and musculoskeletal related conditions. Melinda loves helping patients discover new ways to return to the activities they enjoy most in order to maximize each person’s physical mobility. Understanding a patient’s full story in a holistic approach helps Melinda tailor a specific and individualized treatment plan for each unique patient.
Outside of work, Melinda enjoys spending time with her family and English lab, Henry, baking and cooking, reading, traveling, and exploring the DMV region for museums, wineries and hiking