Dr. Melissa Nassaney PT, MS, DPT, WCS
Dr. Melissa Nassaney, PT, MS, DPT, has worked with Performance Physical Therapy since 2017 as a physical therapist and Director of our Women’s and Men’s Health & Pelvic Rehab Program. Dr. Nassaney has been involved in health and fitness for over 25 years and has a bachelor’s degree from URI in exercise science/athletic training and a master’s degree in physical therapy. In 2007, she received her doctoral degree in physical therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions. She is a board-certified clinical specialist in Women’s Health Physical Therapy and has earned certification of achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP) for clinical expertise in pelvic health and is a credentialled clinical instructor.
Dr. Nassaney is a member of the Women’s Health Council of RI, and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She currently serves as a faculty volunteer for the Section of Women’s Health’s Pelvic -CAPP Committee and as the RI APTA’s legislative chair. Her past service includes Vice President of the RI’s APTA chapter, State Advocacy Liaison and state representative for the Women’s Health (SOWH). She was previously the Rehabilitation Coordinator for Rhode Island Hospital, where she treated male and female pelvic floor disorders, musculoskeletal disorders and pregnancy-related pain and worked with the division of Urogynecology at Women & Infants Hospital as a women’s health physical therapist and research interventionist.
Dr. Nassaney founded the Rhode Island Women’s & Men’s Pelvic Physical Therapy special interest group. In 2010, she received the national Emerging Leader Award from the APTA, which was established to honor individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary service to the physical therapy profession. She’s received Outstanding Alumni Awards from both the CCRI and URI Physical Therapy programs and recently received the Mary Duvally Distinguished Service Award for her dedication and service to the RI Chapter and the community to advance the profession of physical therapy.
Publications include Patient Satisfaction in Physical Therapy: Concurrent comparison of tow instruments in outpatient settings. Journal of Health Policy & Administration and Video Presentation: Multidisciplinary Approach to Evaluation and Safer Surgical Positioning for Patients at Risk for Position-Related Injury in Gynecological Surgery, American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) 2012.
Favorite Activity: Yoga, Hiking
Favorite Quote: "The Things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling." -Fabienne Fredrickson
Other passions: Cooking with her family and Nerding out
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