Melissa Reh, PT, MSPT, CSCS, FAFS

Owner and Physical Therapist

 

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to work with a patient who was struggling to rehab a knee injury. In the middle of one of our treatment sessions, she broke down in tears telling me that she could finally stand long enough on her injured leg to wash her other foot in the shower. In that moment, I understood how deeply our work together had impacted her life. As a result of moments like those, I have become addicted to the challenge of finding the “Yes” for people facing “No” in their lives due to injury or pain. I can attest to the power of movement to restore not just physical mobility, but also hope. 

Although I have a PT license and practice in that realm, that is not all that I do. Movement is at the heart of who I am and I feel that helping people find more comfortable and effective movement is really my calling.

Hello, friend.

My name is Melissa and I practice physical therapy. 

I have been dancing since I was 4 years old. As I grew older, I noticed that I didn't only love dancing, I loved movement- the anatomy, the mechanics, the science of it. This love for movement is what brought me to the profession of physical therapy. It was my goal to be a physical therapist for dancers, but I quickly learned that I was interested in helping lots of different people do lots of different things. To me, functional movement is a playground. If you want to do it, I want to help you figure out how. 

In therapy, I do not focus on your injury alone, but on you, on your goals, and on the movement issues that once addressed, will help speed your healing and recovery. I find that this approach helps me more quickly and clearly get to exactly what you need to get better. 

I am inspired by Gary Gray, David Butler, Lorimer Moseley, and Brian Mulligan- physical therapists and movement scientists who have been daring enough to have a complete trust in the human body and who look to fundamental truths to guide their treatment and research. They have taught me, as I hope to teach you, that our bodies really are taking care of us, even when we are hurting. It is hard to overstate the significance of this paradigm shift. I see it transform lives in a positive way every day.

So, please tell me, what is your passion? What is important to you that you cannot do because of injury or lingering pain? What goal have you been working toward, but can’t quite reach? What is your “No” that we can get started on turning in to a “Yes?” 


I felt the process was incredibly smooth. I appreciated your flexibility - in so many ways - scheduling, location, and especially in adjusting your treatment plan accordingly.  You always kept in mind [our daughter]’s goal, tweaking and enhancing along the way as challenges arose.  Most importantly, YOU built a rapport with [her] where she TRUSTED and BELIEVED in you, the plan, etc. 

…Without all of your help, patience, creativity, and support, [our daughter] would not be where she is today!  She is currently pain free.  She is a SMARTER athlete.  We really can’t thank you enough for everything you have done to help our girl!!!
— Dana R., mother of 13 year old gymnast

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Melissa’s passion for improving peoples’ movement and function is contagious. She is extremely effective at listening and relating to people of varied ages, interests, and backgrounds, and at tailoring her recommendations and education methods accordingly; in the clinic and in her health and wellness sessions, this allows Melissa to help each person develop individual goals and to optimize each person’s understanding of her rationale. Through this individualized approach, Melissa empowers people with the knowledge, tools and confidence necessary to improve his/her movement and overall well-being. Melissa then celebrates the accomplishments of each person – each patient, student intern, or tap dancer – with genuine excitement and enthusiasm, which serves as positive reinforcement and furthers the cycle of improvement.
— Jessica B., PT, Milestone Therapy

As founder and owner of Kinesi, LLC, Melissa is currently partnering with Dancenter North to deliver movement wellness education to dancers interested in maximizing their movement capabilities and reducing their risk of injury. Melissa also co-founded and is currently Director of Health and Wellness for Audible Odyssey, a Chicago-based non-profit organization dedicated to the support and development of professional tap dancers. While at Creative Rehab in Gurnee, Illinois, Melissa created and developed “The Dancer Answer”, a program providing education and customized physical therapy to amateur and professional dancers. 

Melissa’s Education: 

B.S. Kinesiology University of Illinois- Urbana-Champaign

M.S. Physical Therapy University of Wisconsin- La Crosse

Melissa’s Credentials:

Licensed Physical Therapist in the States of Illinois and Wisconsin. 

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)- National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

Fellow of Applied Functional Science (FAFS)- Gray Institute for Functional Transformation

Certified in Applied Functional Science (CAFS)- Gray Institute