Melissa, a New Jersey native, is a Board Certified Occupational Therapist. She is one of the unique occupational therapists in the area by having a subspecialty in neurological rehabilitation, particularly with traumatic brain injury, stroke, and vision therapy. Melissa joined Avalanche Physical Therapy in 2011.
For patients in the Frisco clinic, Melissa’s services include: assessment of daily life activities, return-to-work and community integration with focus on cognitive, vision, sensory processing, and psycho-social interventions. She also completes baseline and post-concussion Impact testing, home safety and driving evaluations for older adults or those with mobility or cognitive impairments, wheelchair seating evaluations.
Melissa is also the Lead Occupational Therapist in St. Anthony Summit Medical Center providing acute care services to orthopedic-trauma, general medical, and post-surgical patients. She helps facilitate the Summit County Brain Injury Support Group supported through the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado, Avalanche Physical Therapy, and St. Anthony Summit Medical Center.
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (2007). Washington University (St. Louis, MO)
Bachelor of Arts Major in Psychology & Minor in Chinese (2004). Washington University (St. Louis, MO)
Shepard Pathways, an Atlanta, Georgia-based outpatient rehabilitation program for people recovering from brain injury, Sept-Dec 2007 The People for Places and Spaces, a Sydney, Australia-based consultancy firm specializing in complex, major change projects throughout Australia, Asia, Europe and USA, June-Sept 2007 Metro Homeless Center and Family Services, a St. Louis-based transitional housing and emergency shelter for homeless women with mental illness and/or substance abuse, May-Aug 2006
Melissa has completed multiple presentations on concussion in Summit County on behalf of Summit Medical Center, FIRC Dialogue over Dinner, Summit High School sports teams, Frisco Adventure Bike Camps
Doctoral Research on “Assessment of the Ecological Receptivity of Fitness Environments for Adults with Mobility Impairments in an Urban Community” and presented at the American Public Health Association conference, November 2007
Susan L Stark, Holly Hollingsworth, Kerri Morgan, Melissa Chang, David Gray. (2008). “The Interrater Reliability of the Community Health Environment Checklist,” Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation 89(11):2218-9.