Melissa Fuentes, PT, DPT, CSCS

General Physical Therapy, Physical & Occupational Therapy

Practices In: Hinsdale
Patients Seen: All Ages

I grad­u­at­ed from North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty with my Doc­tor­ate of Phys­i­cal Ther­a­py. I received Bach­e­lors degrees from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois in Kine­si­ol­o­gy and Psy­chol­o­gy and approach each patient as a whole per­son in order to help them regain func­tion. Each per­son is treat­ed as an indi­vid­ual in order to reach their par­tic­u­lar goals. I enjoy noth­ing more than see­ing a per­son reach lit­tle mile­stones all the way through fin­ish­ing their plan of care.

Clinical Interests

As a for­mer gym­nast, I have a pas­sion for work­ing with active indi­vid­u­als, espe­cial­ly in gym­nas­tics, cheer­lead­ing, and the per­form­ing arts. As a recre­ation­al run­ner I have expe­ri­ence with post-oper­a­tive and non-oper­a­tive run­ning injuries. In addi­tion to treat­ing adults with ortho­pe­dic injuries, I also see pedi­atric patients for devel­op­men­tal and ortho­pe­dic diag­noses. As part of my prac­tice, I uti­lize trig­ger point dry needling, Gras­ton Tech­nique, and blood flow restric­tion training.

Personal Interests

In my free time I enjoy work­ing out, run­ning, and craft­ing. I spend time with fam­i­ly and friends cheer­ing on the Cub­bies, Black­hawks, and Fight­ing Illini.

National Strength and Conditioning Association
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduation Date: 2013 Degree: Kinesiology and Psychology
Northwestern University Graduation Date: 2016 Degree: Doctor of Physical Therapy


ASTYM/Graston, Athletic Training & Balance Activities, Blood Flow Restriction Training, Body Mechanics, Closed Kinetic Chain Rehab, Core Stabilization, Desensitization, Dry Needling, Electrical Stimulation, Ergonomics, Flexibility Training, Functionally-based Rehabilitation, General Musculoskeletal Disorders/Injuries, Injury Prevention, Iontophoresis, Joint Mobilization, Joint Protection, Manual Therapy, Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, Mechanical Traction, Myofacial Release, Neural Tension Release, Plyometrics, Proprioceptive, Taping Techniques, Therapeutic Exercises


Spine Disorders