Dr. Melisa is a southern California native who discovered a passion for competitive sports and healthcare while attending her alma mater Long Beach Polytechnic High School. She experienced the benefits of chiropractic through various sports injuries and uses it to rehabilitate the body ensuring it is working at its maximal potential. She believes in the importance of approaching health and wellness holistically and, as a life-long athlete, finds that balance is key to maintaining longevity and performance. Her mission is to help people of all ages achieve optimal health.
Dr. Melisa is board certified as both a licensed chiropractor and certified athletic trainer (ATC). She obtained her Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree from Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS) through the Los Angeles Chiropractic College (LACC) program. Her undergraduate work was completed at San Diego State University (SDSU), where she studied Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Athletic Training, to receive her Bachelor of Science degree.
As a dual professional, Dr. Melisa does not lack in experience. She has a background in treating sports injuries, traditional chiropractic, and extremity adjusting. She has had extensive training in various techniques that include but are not limited to: sports taping and rehabilitative techniques involving Kinesiotape, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) technique, GrastonⓇ technique, myofascial release technique (MRT), yoga for common conditions and coming soon: Dry-Needling. She is a member of the Chiropractic Association of Louisiana and the National Athletic Training Association.
Dr. Melisa has trained at several locations: University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California State University of Los Angeles, Being Alive of West Hollywood, SABAN Free Clinic, West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation and Long Beach Poly, as the football team’s head athletic trainer. She thrives on information and is always seeking to better herself and her practice through continued education.
Outside of the office, Dr. Melisa has always been a runner, but has found a new love and challenge in tennis, while also reigniting her passion for golf. She loves being active and outdoors, or indoors in the kitchen, which has made her transition to Louisiana an easy one.