Melissa received her Bachelorís degree in Education from Indiana University in 2007. After teaching in a variety of public and private settings and earning her Montessori Elementary Credential in 2010, she settled into a multi-age Montessori classroom where she taught many students with diagnosed and undiagnosed learning differences, including children with autism, dyslexia, Down's syndrome, and emotional and behavioral issues. During this time, she did research on different teaching methods and often consulted the school district's occupational therapist for assistance and ideas. It was those interactions with the school district therapist that led Melissa into the field of Occupational Therapy, where she could more effectively address the needs of the children that needed it the most. It was also during this time that she worked in a small Lindamood-Bell clinic, offering one on one instruction to students with moderate to severe learning differences (using programs such as LIPS, Seeing Stars, On Cloud Nine, Visualizing & Verbalizing etc).
Melissa returned to school, graduated with an Occupational Therapy degree, and became a licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant in 2012. Melissa then came to Austinís Communication Station on a traveling contract from Indiana. She enjoyed the therapist team, children, and environment at Austinís Communication Station so much that at the end of her six-month contract she decided to move to Austin permanently. Melissa loves the challenges and rewards of working with children.
She enjoys learning new and innovative ways to help children be successful in their home and school environments. She has received additional training in Handwriting Without Tears, Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, the SOS Approach to Feeding, Rhythmic Movement Training, and Core Connections.