Melanie Llanes, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
I received undergraduate degrees in both Applied Kinesiology and in Women’s Studies from Rutgers University. After graduating, I trained as a physical therapist assistant (PTA) at Essex County College and worked for more than half a decade as a PTA in outpatient orthopedics. Several years into my chosen profession, I learned about pelvic floor physical therapy and knew I had found my true passion: I wanted to help both men and women with pelvic floor issues. I completed the PTA to Doctor of Physical Therapy program through the University of Findlay, and have been spreading my enthusiasm of pelvic floor PT ever since! With my extensive orthopedic and pelvic health knowledge, I truly believe in the whole-person approach when it comes to treating all injuries or dysfunctions. Knowing a person’s values and goals are just as important as understanding anatomy.
I have always had a passion for treating chronic pain disorders. As a mom to my rainbow baby, I am now also directing my passion toward helping mothers trying to conceive as well as women in all stages of their perinatal period.
I am constantly growing my knowledge, and have completed coursework with many highly regarded organizations, including the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, Pelvic Guru, Institute of Birth Healing, and Evidence in Motion’s Pain Science Courses, among others. I am also certified to practice Dry Needling in New Jersey — this is a technique that utilizes thin monofilament needles to modulate neuromuscular activity and help reduce pain and tightness. In an outpatient hospital setting, I treat people with complex pelvic health issues, including neurological and postoperative concerns.
I am also a 200 HR and Prenatal Certified Yoga teacher, and my own exercise interests are focused on kettlebells and power lifting.