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Melissa Lazinski, PT, DPT, OCS

Melissa Lazinski
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy - Tampa
(813) 574-5313


  • Bachelors of Health Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Florida (1999)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Regis University (2010)


Orthopedic Certified Specialist (ABPTS)

Credentialed Clinical Instructor (APTA)

Certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation (American Institute of Balance)

Pilates Beginner Mat (Power Pilates)


Guest Lectures: Application of Evidence Based Practice – Using Technology to Stay Current

Courses:  Clinically Applied Anatomy for Physical Therapists, Essentials of Biomechanics and Kinesiology, Musculoskeletal I, II, III.


Dr. Lazinski began her teaching career at Nova Southeastern University with the formation of the Hybrid DPT program in Tampa, FL.  Her primary teaching responsibilities are in musculoskeletal courses where her emphasis is on musculoskeletal anatomy and function as well as rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders.  Dr. Lazinski enjoys incorporating media and web applications in the online portion of her courses to enhance the student learning that occurs at a distance.  During on-campus instruction she utilizes active learning strategies such as hands-on practice, guided lab activities, patient case scenarios, and role playing.

Scholarly Activities and Interests

Dr. Lazinski’s educational research interests lie in the use of educational technology in hybrid teaching and learning.  She has presented on the topic at national conferences.  Along with the HEDPT faulty she presented 360° of Hybrid Education at the APTA Annual Conference and co-presented a poster entitled Using Collaborative Web Tools to Achieve Affective and Psychomotor Objectives in Hybrid Physical Therapy Education at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting.   She presented Blogging to create a palpation portfolio: Use of a blog to master psychomotor skills at a distance at the Health Professions Educational Research Symposium.  She also participated in an inter-professional presentation entitled Let’s Talk Structure, then Function: Vestibular System in Occupations at the Florida Occupational Therapy Association Fall Conference.  Dr Lazinski is currently a co-investigator of a grant entitled:  Where does the time go? A work sampling study comparing faculty activities in traditional and hybrid DPT Programs.  She also serves as a submission reviewer for the Strength and Conditioning Journal.

Areas of Practice

Dr. Lazinski has experience in many clinical settings including acute care, skilled nursing, and out-patient.  She has also spent several years in out-patient clinic management.  Her main area of practice is orthopedics and musculoskeletal physical therapy, but she also has certification and experience treating patients with vestibular dysfunction and balance impairments.  Dr. Lazinski continues to practice pro bono at the Judeo Christian Clinic serving under-insured and uninsured people in Tampa, FL.

Professional Activity Summary

Dr. Lazinski is active in the West Central District of the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA).  She has served as an FPTA Assembly Representative for her district for 4 years and is the current Secretary of the West Central District Council.  Dr. Lazinski has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 1998 and is a member of both the Orthopedic and Education sections. 

Within the College of Health Care Sciences, Dr Lazinski is member of the Teaching and Learning Academy and President of the Executive Council for the Center of Professional and Academic Excellence.  She has delivered faculty development presentations on the topics of hybrid teaching and learning and the use of educational technology to Health Professions Division faculty.  In the Hybrid DPT Program, Dr. Lazinski is the Faculty advisor for the Student Government Association, a member of the Technology Committee and a member of the Committee on Admissions.

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