About the Doctor
Dr. Melissa O'Loughlin was inspired by chiropractic after seeing it relieve her boyfriend's suffering from debilitating migraines. After several medical prescriptions and being told by his medical doctor that he would just have to live with pain, Dr. Melissa accompanied her boyfriend, Ryan, to his first chiropractic appointment. This was Dr. Melissa's first experience with chiropractic, and it was life altering! She had never experienced a healing technique that was so natural, simple, and effective. She returned the next semester to her university, Boston College, and began Pre-Medical courses so she could attend chiropractic school for postgraduate study.
Upon graduation from BC, Dr. Melissa O'Loughlin moved to Canandaigua, NY in 2002 to study at New York Chiropractic College. Dr. Melissa graduated as the salutatorian of her class and also received the highest award attainable from the Chief of Staff. Dr. Melissa O'Loughlin practiced chiropractic in Rochester at Nature's Path Chiropractic, a family wellness office, for several years before moving her practice to Canandaigua and joining an amazing team of chiropractors, Drs. Wright and Burkard. Dr. Melissa was a patient at this Canandaigua office for 8 years before she joined the group as a doctor. She is excited to practice with others who also specialize in Applied Kinesiology and have such an incredible reputation in our community.
Dr. Melissa O'Loughlin is the only chiropractor in the Greater Canandaigua Area and was the first in Rochester to be Board Certified in the chiropractic care of children and pregnant women. Many of her patients have been children who were referred by pediatricians and family doctors. The children and their parents seek out Dr. Melissa for her natural techniques in improving common childhood health issues, including chronic ear infections, behavior issues, asthma, growing pains, scoliosis, and more. Another significant portion of Dr. Melissa's care has been focused on pregnant women because of her training in the Webster Technique. These women were referred by midwives, doctors, doulas, and friends to relieve their back pain, seek help for their breastfeeding issues, and get back in shape after delivery.
Dr. Melissa encourages others to learn more about her prestigious Board Certification from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (www.icpa4kids.org). However, she is also proud of her certifications in Applied Kinesiology and CranioSacral Therapy. She completed these training courses in 2005 and uses these methods regularly in caring for her patients.
Dr. Melissa ended up marrying that boyfriend with migraines who inspired her path into chiropractic. She and her amazing husband, Ryan, now have two sons, Quin and Jake. When Dr. Melissa is not at the chiropractic office, she can be found doing yoga, hiking, or taking requests from her family to adjust them at home! Ryan no longer has migraines, but he instead uses chiropractic today to keep him healthy to run half-marathons. Quin and Jake regularly use chiropractic to recover from the tumbles of toddlerhood, teething pain, and immune system support. Believe it or not, Quin even began asking "Dr. Mommy" for his "justments" when he was 21 months old!
Dr. Melissa is excited to welcome you to her family practice. She remembers that true care includes not only physical but also emotional and sometimes spiritually healing. Everyone gets "homework" in Dr. Melissa's office — stretches, specific exercises, nutritional suggestions, etc. Dr. Melissa calls this "Educate to Empower," because when her patients are educated and learn about their bodies, they empower themselves to take control of their own health, life, and choices!