As an occupational therapist at Heartspring, Melissa Welters-Davis she helps children become more independent. She brings knowledge from working in a number of different settings and has shown innovation by bringing a new therapy to Heartspring.
Melissa graduated from Kansas State University in 1998 with a degree in social science with emphasis in psychology and personality development. She graduated from Creighton University in 2000 with a degree in occupational therapy.
Melissa has a wide-range of work experience. She worked at Salina Regional Health Center’s infant development department from 2000 to2004 where she provided early intervention services in both clinical and natural environments. She also spent eight years at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. There she worked with children, birth through 21 years of age, with various diagnoses.
In 2012, she joined the team at Heartspring as an occupational therapist. Everyday she helps improve children’s fine motor skills, self care skills and overall strength. She uses a variety of games and activities to help her patients gain their independence.
Melissa was also key in bringing the interactive metronome to Heartspring, giving therapists a new way to help their patients’ brains and bodies work better together. The intervention helps children improve their timing, rhythm and synchronization. This allows them to build a variety of skills like coordination, attention to tasks and communication. She has certifications in the interactive metronome, as well as neuro-developmental treatment.
During her professional practice, Melissa spent time volunteering in Guatemala and Peru, providing occupational therapy services to children and training parents and medical staff. She says the trip opened her eyes. She learned what works and doesn’t work for different patients. This, combined with her job history, gives Melissa a wealth of experiences she can use in her current job and different ways of looking at how to treat a child.
Melissa went back to school and graduated with a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2010. Her research on parent-child play was published in the Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention.
Melissa is a big Kansas State football fan and enjoys spending time with her family and friends in her free time.