Melissa is a native of the Capital District. She received her Bachelor of Science from Russell Sage College in 1995 majoring in Athletic Training. She completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the New Hampshire Musculoskeletal Institute in 1997.
Melissa worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer for 5 years. In August 2002 she graduated from the Albany Medical College-Hudson Valley Physician Assistant Program. She has been board certified by NCCPA since 2002. Melissa worked two years as a Cardiothoracic Surgery PA at Albany Medical Center. In 2004 she joined Schenectady Regional Orthopedics as an Orthopedic Physician Assistant working there for over ten years before joining the OrthoNY Team.
Melissa is the Physician Assistant for Dr. Eric Aronowitz and Dr. Richard D’ascoli. She also assists Dr. Aronowitz providing sports medicine coverage for Union College Athletics and local area high schools.