Melissa Payne Wagner

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Melissa graduated in 2001 from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy. At Washington University, she was trained in the concept of movement impairment syndromes, with an emphasis on human movement analysis. Melissa graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science in 1998. In 1997, she received her certification by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She has attended several continuing education courses related to manual therapy treatment and sports/work-related injuries.


Melissa enjoys seeing a varied case load with an emphasis on sports and orthopaedic injuries. She has a special interest in the prevention of osteoporosis and wellness, providing educational talks to individuals and community groups. Melissa additionally has specialized training in dry needling through Kinetacore in Colorado.  She is the lead physical therapist at Northern Rehab’s Genoa branch since its opening in 2005.


Outside of work, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, attending her son’s ice hockey games, working on her family’s farm and her husband’s family excavating company, training for 10K races, and kayaking in Northern Wisconsin. She enjoys providing physical therapy services to the community in which she grew up.