Episode 255 - Melissa Kolski, part 1: Comparing Ourself to Others


Melissa Kolski

In episode 255 I'm joined by Melissa Kolski, a physical therapist, orthopedic specialist, diplomat in MDT, co-author of A World of Hurt, residency program co-director, and PT program mentor with the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in the Chicago Illinois area in the USA. She shares her journey and some lessons learned. This week on MCF!


Melissa Kolski received her Master’s in Science in Physical Therapy and Certificate in Health Care Administration from Widener University, her BA from the University of Notre Dame and is currently pursuing her clinical doctorate from Arizona University of Health Sciences. She practices at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago with 19 years of clinical experience and 12 years as an education program manager. She is a member of the US Soccer Federation’s Medical team and works with the United States Men’s Paralympic Soccer team for the last 2 years. She is a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist and received her Diplomate in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment from the McKenzie Institute in 2011. She is a member of APTA and the Orthopedic section, a member of the Specialization Academy of Content Experts for Orthopedic Clinical Specialists in the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and abstract reviewer for the orthopedic section. Melissa is a Mentor, Board Member and Co-Director of the NU-SRALAB Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program and teaches in Northwestern University's PTHMS Clinical Management of Patients with Musculoskeletal Dysfunction course series. She has co-authored the recent 2015 book “A World of Hurt: A Guide to Classifying Pain” and published the recent 2014 Journal Article “Validation of a pain mechanism classification system (PMCS) in physical therapy practice”. Currently she is working on researching the outcomes associated with the musculoskeletal pain classification system discussed in clinical practice. Melissa is currently one of the educational program managers and responsible for AbilityLab curriculum development. She is practicing clinically with an interest in spine care and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal pain.