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.

And because of her I continue work to find the “Yes” for people facing “No” in their lives due to injury or pain. Movement is a tremendously powerful tool in the battle… and when we use it well, you can get back to living the life that you’re meant to live- playing sports, dancing, chasing your kiddos… or whatever lights you up.

Hello, friend.

And I’m sorry... Because I know that if you’re here it’s because something is probably going wrong for you right now.

Perhaps it’s a new injury… or maybe you’ve been hurting for a while and are at your wits end trying to figure out what to do to fix it.  

Either way, your life is probably a bit turned upside down. You can’t move how you’d like to or need to. And if you’re like most of my clients, you’re looking to find out whatever it is you need to do to make the pain just Go. Away.

I get it.

So, yeah. I’m sorry. But the fact that you’re here also means that you’re not giving up… you’re gettin’ after it. Awesome.

You’re probably also wondering if I’m the right person to help. That’s a good question.

When we work together, we not focus on your injury alone, but on you, on your goals, and on the movement issues that once addressed, will help get you going where you want to go.

With this process, my clients have achieved amazing transformations…

  • From being stuck doubled over in pain every day… to playing basketball regularly again (including dunking!)

  • From having too much neck pain to handle a 10 minute cab ride… to enjoying 3 days of riding in a Jeep on an African safari.

  • From having to modify down every type of exercise class to avoid neck and shoulder pain… to teaching multiple fitness classes each week and even rocking out yoga headstands.

  • From 7 months of ankle pain and stiffness… to dancing en pointe again.

And that’s just a few of them. By witnessing these transformations, I have learned that we humans are capable of so much more than we think. And if you and I get to work together, I’m confident you’ll come to the same conclusion.

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?” 

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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
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