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Melissa Merrill Arrington, PT, DPT, ATC

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Melissa was born in Ogden, Utah and grew up in Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. She graduated in 2000 from BYU-ID with an Associates in Education, graduated in 2003 from BYU-Provo with a Bachelor’s in Athletic Training including internships with the BYU Football team, BYU women’s volleyball team, BYU track team, and BYU women’s tennis team. After school, she moved to Boise, Idaho to work with St. Lukes Idaho Elks Rehabilitation as an athletic trainer for their physical therapy clinics and community outreach events such as soccer tournaments, community football, and bike races. She was promoted to Head Athletic Trainer at Nampa High School 2004-2007 and taught the Sports Medicine and Health Professions class.

Melissa met her husband in Boise, Idaho at Bogus Basin Ski Resort. They moved to Driggs, Idaho to ski and run and work in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She worked at Teton Orthopedics for two seasons as an athletic trainer and at Grand Targhee Resort as the Snowboard Supervisor. After multiple conversations with other physical therapists, doctors, and local health professionals, Melissa was encouraged to return to school and get her physical therapy degree. She, her husband, and two fur-babies moved to Pocatello in 2010 to attend ISU, where she received her doctorate degree in physical therapy in 2014.

Melissa is passionate about working with endurance athletes. She is a trail runner, track runner, triathlete, road biker, mountain biker, and rock climber. In the wintertime, she and her husband are on ski patrol at Pebble Creek Ski Area and occasionally teach ski and snowboard lessons between backcountry adventures with their dogs. Melissa has been to multiple orthopedic and sport specialty conferences for continuing education involving chronic injuries that multisport athletes often experience. She can perform specialized running analysis videos and custom an athlete’s rehabilitation based on proper movement biomechanics to address and avoid injury. Melissa also did a rotation in South Africa at the Groote Schuur Hospital in traumatic orthopedics, so whether it is a simple overuse injury or a complicated orthopedic issue, know you will be in good hands.

Melissa loves spending time with her husband Tim and their two Labradors, Dexter and Jake. When Melissa is not in the clinic, she enjoys trail running, mountain biking, camping, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, and gardening. Melissa is also passionate about community involvement and participation in the Pocatello Running Club and Pebble Creek Ski Patrol.

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