Melissa Thuma is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) by The Board of Certification (BOC) and an Orthopedic Technologist (OTC) by The National Board of Orthopedic Technologists. She joined Town Center Orthopedics in December of 2012 to work with Dr. Thal.
Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Melissa earned her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training at the College of Charleston. She received her Master’s in Sports Medicine at George State University. While in graduate school she worked at Emory University as an athletic trainer working with Men’s and Women’s soccer, softball, and track and field. She has also worked with the Women’s United States U-15, U-20, and National soccer teams. In 2011 she completed her Physician Extender Fellowship at the University of Michigan, where she specialized in knee, shoulder, and elbow injuries. Once she completed her fellowship she continued to work at the University of Michigan, she decided to move to northern VA to be closer to family.