About Us

Melissa Rabideau, PT, DPT, MS

Physical Therapist
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Master of Science in Kinesiology


I created Optimal Recovery and Therapy with the top priority of putting patients first. I've seen too often a healthcare system that treats patients like products instead of people, moving through each case like an assembly line to maximize profits instead of optimizing patient outcomes. Each patient is an individual that has different wants and needs, and deserves a custom plan of care that changes along with the progress that is made. I believe working as a team with other healthcare providers and the patients themselves is critical to fostering the best recovery. My goal is to make obtaining healthcare services easier for patients by bringing the therapy directly to you.

Professional Experience

    • Inpatient therapy in the hospital setting, including ICU treatment and critical care for surgical patients
    • Outpatient orthopedics in an urgent care setting, including worker's comp cases and day-of sprains, strains and fractures
    • Rehabilitation therapy including inpatient and outpatient stroke, traumatic brain injury, amputations, car accidents, spinal cord injuries and heart attacks
    • Home health care including patients with multiple diagnoses, such as diabetes, kidney failure, impaired hearing and vision, cardiovascular disease, dementia and functional decline
    • Nationally board certified massage therapist through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) and the State of Michigan
    • Certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor through the American Council on Exercise (ACE)


  • D.P.T. from the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • M.S. in Kinesiology w/ focus of Growth and Motor Development and Disability Studies from Michigan State University
  • B. S. in Movement Science and Kinesiology from the University of Michigan