Melissa Biscardi, BScN, MSc
Registered Neuroscience Nurse Osteopathic Therapist
Thank you for letting me introduce myself. I am the practitioner that is going to help YOU feel better than you ever thought you could. That is my PASSION!
I began my healthcare career in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ryerson University. While working as a nurse, it became clear that my interest was in the detective work. Each person is a story with many layers that lead them to my practice. A desire to be more independent in my practice and guide patients one-on-one to achieve their health goals inspired me to complete a diploma of osteopathy. I had the good fortune of also being mentored by one of Canada’s most respected osteopaths.
My own challenges with early memory loss (which I have since fixed) and getting lost in the medical system helped fuel my desire to help people with brain injuries. The brain is complex but humans and brains are resilient. Most people can improve their brain health and function but don’t know where to find help. I am that help- when you are ready to change your life I would love to work with you!
My brain-obsession led to a Master of Science at the University of Toronto where my thesis focuses on women with persistent symptoms after concussion. I have also completed numerous courses in functional neurology creating a solid base for which to assess and treat patients after concussion or patients wishing to manage or maximize brain health. My work has been published in a number of medical journals, book chapters and presentations at international conferences on these subjects. See the publication tab for more info.
Outside the clinic
Outside of the clinic, I keep busy as a martial arts practitioner. In 2009, I was the first Canadian to win a world championship in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Today I hold the rank of first degree black belt and I hold four world titles (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013). I also enjoy running, hiking, mountain biking and just moving my body free of pain. Being very active I am always empathetic of the desire to regain health and my goal is to help people be able to enjoy the activities they love.