Melissa received her Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Eastern Illinois University in 2002 and has been certified through the American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Physiologist since 2003. Her clinical experience is focused within the specialty areas of pediatric cardiology and pediatric pulmonary medicine. As a part of the Lurie children’s physiology team, Melissa has developed and implemented multiple exercise physiology specialty programs which include preventive exercise physiology and pediatric inpatient and outpatient cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. Prior experience involves exercise prescription for healthy populations, geriatric exercise programming, adult diagnostic testing and adult cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. Melissa’s current career path is on the administrative side of the field as a manager for the cardiopulmonary labs at Lurie Children’s Hospital.