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Melissa Toso,MS,OTR/L

Primary Service
  • Speech Therapy
Areas of Interest

Neurological disorders/diseases (stroke, concussions, and traumatic brain injuries), adaptive recreation (downhill skiing, yoga, and waterskiing), autism

Biography

Certification
National Board Certified Occupational Therapist

Education
Undergraduate: Winona State University
Graduate: College of St. Scholastica

Philosophy of care
“I want to know what my client’s wants and needs are. I want them to tell me what they think they need to be able to do in order to get home safely. I want to listen to their goals and help them get achieved in big and small ways.”

Why Melissa went into therapy
“I worked for an outdoor adventure camp for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) where we were trained by an occupational therapist. She taught me the importance of helping people become more independent in the big things and the little things. She even went white water rafting with us with her own client who has ASD. It was amazing to see her in action on the Colorado River!”

Favorite advice to give patients
“Do as much for yourself as you can while you’re in the hospital. If you don’t try to do the little things for yourself, it is easy to lose your independence without realizing it.”

Hometown
Zimmerman, MN

Hobbies
“Hiking, biking, hosting groups of friends for meals, reading and going to concerts are some of my favorite interests.”

Interesting facts about Melissa
I believe in a healthy, holistic lifestyle. I believe that physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health are components that impact a person’s health. I try to promote this within myself and my clients.