Melissa Rose Bardachino grew up in central New Jersey, went on to live in many different places, and now finds herself back in the Garden State. Her extensive professional background includes 18 years of experience as a massage therapist and 2 years as an esthetician and spa therapist. Her massage therapy and skin care studies brought her to Florida, California, Hawaii, and Oxford, England. She has worked in various settings in the U.S., Caribbean, and Mediterranean, including wellness centers, day spas, resorts, and cruise ships. She also carries a bachelor’s degree in Alternative Medicine from Everglades University in Sarasota, FL, where she graduated as class valedictorian, and a master’s degree in Acupuncture from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, CO. Additionally, she completed an alignment-based yoga teacher-training program in Costa Rica and continues to advance her knowledge through various continuing education courses. Melissa is excited to join the growing field of acupuncture and to be a part of Thompson Healthcare & Sports Medicine. She greatly supports their multidisciplinary model and believes that this cooperative approach is the way of the future!
As a practitioner, she has an eclectic approach that integrates both traditional and contemporary forms of the medicine, including traditional Chinese Medicine, Japanese Acupuncture, Five Element, Extraordinary Vessels, and Trigger Point Acupuncture. She strives to provide high-quality patient care resulting in pain relief, wellbeing, rejuvenation, and healing, as well as, balance of the mind, body, and spirit. She especially enjoys treating stress, energy regulation, mind-body integration, pain management, and emotional wellness, while emphasizing patient education and the importance of self-care practices. Her lifelong background in dance and movement, as both student and teacher, in combination with a personal yoga and meditation practice, has further influenced her comprehensive treatment style. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog Frodo, dancing, traveling, mountain biking, hand drumming, gardening, snowboarding, and spending time with friends and family. And now that she's back near the ocean,she looks forward to adding surfing to that list!