Melissa Biscardi, BScN, MSc
Osteopathic Manual Therapist,
Thank you for letting me introduce myself. I have had a unique journey of education and experiences that have helped mold me into the practitioner I am today. 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 after pondering the question, “what would I do if I didn’t need to make a living.” The answer was clear: I have a deep desire to help people. I completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Ryerson University in 2006. 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.
As I learned more, the brain body connection became clear and my desire to keep improving my skillset in the area of brain health emerged. I completed a Master of Science at the University of Toronto as well as numerous courses in functional neurology creating a solid base for which to assess and treat patients post-concussion or 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 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 holds 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.
I am interested in working with people who are ready to make a change in their life and commit to their health. Be it chronic pain, a sports injury, a concussion or cognitive decline, none of these can be fixed in one session. My goal is to work with you to make you stronger and restore your health and performance. This may be excelling at your sport or hobby, it may be having pain free days it may be clearing brain fog and feeling better overall. The committed person gets the best results. Is that you? Lets work together!