Melisa Abesa

Physical Therapist | Marketing Coordinator

Melisa Abesa, a southern California native, moved to northeastern Oregon in early high school. She completed high school and college in La Grande, Oregon where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Activity and Health/Exercise Science from Eastern Oregon University while competing on the track team as a sprinter. As an athlete battling with her own injuries, Melisa became fascinated with anatomy, movement science, and the world of physical therapy.

Melisa completed her doctorate of physical therapy at the University of Southern California, during which she completed her final clinical rotation here at TAI Lake Oswego and has been an official member of the team ever since. Melisa has a love of movement and passion for promoting a healthy active lifestyle. Her hobbies revolve around the outdoors, which is what brought her back to Oregon to stay. She loves hiking and backpacking, running, kayaking, volleyball and football. Her favorite adventures include her better half and their fur babies Luna and Loki.


  • Undergraduate: Eastern Oregon University – B.S in Physical Activity and Health, concentration in Exercise Science; minors in Biology and Psychology
  • Graduate: University of Southern California – Doctorate of Physical Therapy


  • The North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT)
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
  • Myofascial Release, Anatomy Trains (MFR)
  • Fascial Distortion Model (FDM)

Special Interests

  • Gait and Running Analysis
  • Myofascial release
  • Sports medicine, especially in the youth population

Q & A

What is your favorite Pandora Station?
Summer Hits of the 90’s or 2000’s, Hey Ma (Cam’ron), most country stations

What is your favorite Sport to watch? To Play?
Volleyball, football, and track (to both play and watch)

If you could only eat one food or meal for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Sweet potato breakfast hash with sausage, bacon, and veggies (and maybe a fried egg) – because it’s delicious and breakfast foods are amazing any time of day

What is your Starbucks order?
Depends on the day. Usually a black Americano. When I want something sweet, a non-dairy caramel or pumpkin spice latte.

Articles written by Melisa Abesa

To Ice or Not To Ice?

Traditionally, ice and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) have played an integral role in the treatment of acute injuries. They were combined with rest, elevation, and compression to decrease swelling, reduce inflammation, and control pain. This method was believed to facilitate a quicker recovery time and faster return to activity. Recently, the effectiveness of these practices has been questioned. Just how much benefit is received from ice and NSAIDs?

MultiSport Athlete
The Multi-Sport Athlete: Advantageous or Detrimental?

What do the winners of the 2015 Masters Tournament and the Women’s World Cup have in common? One shocking response - Basketball! Jordan Spieth and members of the Women’s U.S. National soccer team accredit a large chunk of their renowned athletic success to being multi-sport athletes until high school or college age. Jordan enjoyed playing basketball with his brother Steven, and was also a successful quarterback and pitcher through his high school career4.