Melissa has been a Certified Athletic Trainer since 1992. She joined the UC Davis staff in 2003 after tenure of seven years at Yuba Community College as the Head Athletic Trainer. Melissa did her undergraduate work at UC Davis, graduating in 1992 and was awarded the Dick Lewis Award for Most Outstanding Student Athletic Trainer. She then went on to get her Masters of Science degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Psychology from CSU Sacramento.
Melissa has been involved with many committees and organizations, including the Sports Psychology Program in its early years, through the UC Davis Counseling Center, as the Athletic Training liaison. She has volunteered at the NCAA Track and Field Championships as well as the Olympic Track and Field Trials. She spent over fifteen years with the Volleyball Festival, Inc., many as a member of their executive board and was awarded the Carol Rogers Outstanding Athletic Trainer award. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA) and the California Athletic Trainer's Association (CATA) and an Instructor in good standing with the American Red Cross since 1991.
At UC Davis, Melissa is dedicated not only to the health and wellness of the student athlete, but also in the education of the student athletic training interns. She has extensive experience in injury rehabilitation skills, protocols and techniques: including manual therapy, cupping, Kinesio-tape, Graston, joint mobilization and functional exercise. She is goal-oriented to efficiently and safely return athletes to play. In addition to the Athletic Training Room and UCD Athletics, Melissa enjoys gardening, reading and spending time with her family.
Melissa works with Men's Soccer, Women's Swimming & Dive, and Women's Lacrosse.
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