Dr. Kathleen Melia is a board-licensed physical therapist specializing in orthopedics. She received her doctorate of physical therapy from NYU and undergraduate degree in dance from the University of Alabama. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and a Certified Mulligan Practitioner (CMP). Her areas of expertise include: manual therapy, movement and biomechanical analysis, post-operative rehabilitation, injury prevention, running analysis, dance injury rehabilitation, and foot & ankle pathologies.
As a clinician, her passion for helping others stems from personal experience as an injured dancer often in physical therapy. She gained an understanding of the impact of injury, and brings that to each patient interaction. Her approach is that of achieving quality movement patterns from a holistic view to rehabilitate from injury, develop functional strength, and achieve fitness/wellness goals. Whether a weekend warrior, competitive athlete, or performing artist, she strives to get patients back doing the things they love.
Within the community she volunteers at various endurance events as part of the marathon medical team. She herself enjoys running, cycling, hiking, pilates, and cheering on her triathlete husband. Despite hanging up her own dancing shoes, she now enjoys supporting the performing arts of San Francisco.
Professional Licensure & Certifications
Doctorate in Physical Therapy, New York University
Licensed Physical Therapist, State of California
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through NSCA
Certified Mulligan Practitioner (CMP)
CPR certified with American Heart Association
Member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science
Techniques & Post Professional Development
Graston Technique® Provider
Rocktape Fascial Movement Taping (FMT) 1 & 2 certified
Myofascial Decompression Training
Pilates Mat Instructor Training
Running Analysis Training