Nov. 11, 2014 – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Melissa Dupree, DPT has joined Ayrsley Town Rehabilitation bringing extensive experience in pediatrics, orthopedic physical therapy and yoga to the company.
“Adding Melissa brings a tremendous amount of clinical experience to our team. Her versatile background in pediatrics allows our company to help with what we feel is an underserved pediatric in Southwest Charlotte,” said Chris Stulginsky, PT of Ayrsley Town Rehabilitation.
Melissa was born and raised in Long Island, New York and studied physical therapy at New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, NY.
After graduating, Melissa was hired by the company in which she performed her final clinical residency. During her 6 years with The Hagedorn Little Village School, in Seaford, NY she developed her pediatric versatility in pediatric home care, outpatient clinic work service, and treating in the local schools.
Melissa’s caseload ranged in age, treating children from 2 through 11 years, with a variety of diagnoses and ailments. During this time, Melissa spent significant post graduate study in general pediatrics, with specific focus on autism, torticollis, and pediatric orthotics. During that time, Melissa maintained a part time job in adult orthopedics at Dynamic Core Physical Therapy in New York.
Wanting to place all her focus in pediatrics, Melissa became full time in July 2009 at a developmental school in New York. In 2010, she received her Early Intervention Certification through the State of New York and began doing home care treatment focusing on a toddler population.
Wanting to further her knowledge of exercise and its beneficial effect, Melissa pursued and received her yoga certification through YogaFit in 2013. She has already implemented yoga principles into her pediatric and adult treatment plans at ATR.
Having always loved Charlotte, Melissa and her husband felt it would be a wonderful place to raise a family. They recently they moved to Charlotte with their adorable son Michael (born 2014).
In addition to treating both the pediatric and adult population at ATR’s main office in Steele Creek, Melissa is coordinating the new pediatric PT services for ATR in partnership with Achieve Therapy Services in Southeast Charlotte.