Bachelor of Science – Exercise Science and Business
NSCA – Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
USA Weightlifting Club Coach
CrossFit Level 2
Melissa grew up in Michigan but has also lived in Missouri, Illinois and Virginia. She is a graduate of George Mason University (GMU) where she studied Exercise Science and Business. At GMU Melissa was a two-sport athlete in Volleyball and Track & Field. During her four years at GMU she researched injury correlation to gender and sport, as well as how to reduce specific injury rates through proper training and instruction.
She currently competes in CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting, and has competed nationally in weightlifting since 2010, holding several records in the Maryland & Potomac Valley area and has finished as high as 5th at the USA Weightlifting National Championships.
Previously, she was general manager at BREAKAWAY Fitness and Sport in Virginia. While working as the general manager she also trained all types of individuals and athletes – injury clients, elderly population, and athletes from an array of sports including high-school athletes, Olympic weightlifters, CrossFit athletes and athletes at the collegiate level (working with athletes from every sport at Georgetown University).
After visiting her family in Tucson she quickly grew to love it and decided to take the leap across the country where she can enjoy the sun and wonderful people while she helps others change their lives through healthy choices, fitness, education and a new way to look at health care.
She joined Rejuv Medical Southwest in March of 2014 to head up the Medical Fitness division of the company as Medical Fitness Director and Head Personal Trainer.
In January of 2015, Melissa and Matt decided to follow their dreams and open a gym of their own. “I have always wanted to really help people, inspire them and encourage them to make changes in their life so they can enjoy all life has to offer them and so much more. This is a journey that will last a lifetime and I want to be there to help.” CrossFit 646 is where she found this opportunity. She is very excited to be a gym owner, which will allow her to be a key player in changing the lives of the people who entrust their health to her. .
When Melissa is not working at CrossFit 646 to change lives, she is training hard as a competitive Olympic Weightlifter, spending time with her husband Matt, and their two dogs Georgia and Kasey. She also loves being outside, cooking, writing, hiking and taking pictures.
“The secret of Change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates