Melissa Kolski

Melissa Kolski, PT, OCS, Dip MDT

Position Education Program Manager / Physical Therapist
Assistant Professor
NU-RIC Orthopedic Physical Therapy Co-Director
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About Me

About Me

Melissa Kolski, PT, OCS, Dip MDT has a specialty interest in spine care and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. She is a board-certified orthopedic specialist and diplomate in mechanical diagnosis and therapy. Melissa is an education program manager and practicing clinician at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She is a member of American Physical Therapy Association in the orthopedic section, pain management, foot and ankle special interest groups, and other organizations such as the McKenzie Institute. She is a member of the Specialization Academy of Content Experts for Orthopedic Clinical Specialists in the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Melissa is currently a mentor & on the Board of the NU-RIC Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency Program. She is an Assistant Professor and clinical faculty in Northwestern University's PTHMS Clinical Management of Patients with Musculoskeletal Dysfunction course series. Recently, she published a textbook, A World of Hurt: A Guide to Classifying Pain and is working on researching the outcomes associated with the musculoskeletal pain classification system discussed in this text.


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Education & Professional Associations



    1993 - 1997
    University of Notre Dame Arts and Letters Pre-Professional Psychology
    1997 - 2000
    Widener University Physical Therapy
    1997 - 2000
    Widener University Certificate in Health Care Administration


    2009 - 2010
    University of Otago Diplomate in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy

Honors + Awards

  • Sarah Baskin Research Award
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
    , 2013
  • Henry B Betts, MD Innovation Award
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
    , 2011
  • Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Co-Director
    , 2017
  • Clinical Educator of the Year Award
    Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA) , 2020
  • Signe Brunnström Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching
    American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), 2021

Certificates + Licenses

  • Physical Therapy License
    State of Illinois, PA, NJ
  • Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
    American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
  • Diploma in MDT
    McKenzie Institue International