Dr. Melinda Bryan, PT, DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Director
Owner and Certified Master Pilates Teacher Trainer
Dr. Melinda is a practicing physical therapist for 35 years. She obtained her B.S. in Physical Therapy from Temple University, Philadelphia, in 1987, and Pilates certification from Joe Pilates protegé, Romana Kryzanowska, in 1992. In 2017, she was awarded her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Evidence in Motion.
As a former dance major in college, Dr. Melinda went on to study sports medicine and worked as a scholarship athlete in the Temple U. athletic training department prior to pursuing a physical therapy degree. Her physical therapy training included a specialized dance medicine residency with the world-renown New York City Ballet, and manual therapy coursework in cranial sacral therapy and myofascial release. After graduating and relocating to Southern California from the east coast in 1987, Dr. Melinda worked in a variety of settings including hospital, skilled nursing, and private practice. In 1991, she toured with the Broadway show Jerome Robbins Broadway as resident physical therapist for one year.
Her other credits include work with the LA resident Broadway productions of Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Sunset Boulevard, and Broadway touring companies The Producers, Phantom of the Opera, Aida, Drowsy Chaperone, Curtains, The Color Purple, Dirty Dancing, Ragtime, and Sweeney Todd, among others; TV appearances including The Today Show and Leeza; Pilates Physical Therapist to many celebrity performers and musicians. She continues to work with performing artists backstage and in the clinic to rehabilitate injuries and prevent future injuries. Her patients range in age from 7-97. Melinda is also Director of Pilates Certification for PilatesCertificationOnline.com and educates Pilates instructors all over the world.
Dr. Melinda's mission to integrate her dance and movement background was realized when Performing Arts Physical Therapy (PAPT) was opened in 1992, blending dance, sports and Pilates rehabilitation. PAPT was the first therapy practice in Southern California to specialize in performing arts medicine and Pilates. Today, Dr. Melinda continues her practice treating patients, mentoring students and providing Pilates Certification to those studying to be Pilates Instructors. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science. Dr. Melinda is a wife, and mother of three lovely children.
Dr. Chelsea Carroll, DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified Aerial Dance and Yoga Instructor
Dr. Chelsea received her B.F.A. in Dance, with an emphasis in Ballet Performance, from Point Park University in 2011. While dancing in Disney’s Festival of the Lion King and teaching dance in South Korea, she discovered a passion for physical therapy and the important role it plays in performing arts. Dr. Chelsea received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from California State University Northridge and completed clinical rotations in a variety of settings including performing arts, orthopedic, sports medicine, and acute intensive care units (neurological, stroke, and cardiac). At CSUN she conducted research while volunteering at a pro bono clinic in Rishikesh, India. Dr. Chelsea received Pilates training with an emphasis on rehabilitation, and is a certified Aerial Dance and Yoga Instructor through Up Flying Yoga. She is currently in special training to rehabilitate circus performers. Chelsea also enjoys performing with companies including Rock Circus LA, The Lovely Hearts, Elevation Aerial Dance, and Figure 8 Theatre.
Samantha Arquieta, PT Aide
Samantha is a 2021 CSUN graduate with a degree in psychology. She plans to attend graduate school for physical therapy in 2022.
Jesus Mora, PT Aide
Jesus joined our staff in 2021. He is currently pursuing an AA degree in kinesiology and has plans to further his education in physical therapy assistant school in 2022. Jesus is also a dancer, presently rehearsing and performing with a local dance company.
Samantha Raffellini, PT Aide
Samantha is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College. She has studied dance, science, and Pilates, and also works as a group fitness instructor. She is currently preparing to start graduate school in the Fall of 2022. We are pleased to have her join our PAPT staff.
Zoe Hakonsson, Pilates Instructor
Zoe is a current student at CSUN, and a trained Pilates Instructor. She is completing her degree in kinesiology and plans to attend graduate school for a career in the medical profession.