College of Health Care Sciences Faculty and Staff
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Melissa Tovin, PT, MA, PhD, CEEAA

Associate Professor, Physical Therapy - Ft. Lauderdale
Associate Professor, Bachelor of Health Science
(954) 262-1697
mtovin@nova.edu

Education

Dr. Tovin received her degree in Physical Therapy from New York University, her Master’s Degree in Applied Physiology from Columbia University, and her PhD in Higher Education from Georgia State University. 

Certifications

Dr. Tovin is a Certified Expert in Exercise for Aging Adults through the American Physical Therapy Association. 

Teaching

Courses: PHT 6705: Essentials of Exercise Physiology; PHT 6721: The Healthcare Educator; PHT 6817: Pediatrics I; PHT 6819: Pediatrics II; PHT 7805: Theories of Movement, Exercise and Motor Learning; PHT 7800: Dissertation; HPH 7410: Qualitative Research Design

Dr. Tovin is the lead faculty for the pediatric course module, which covers two semesters in the Entry-level DPT Program.  She also teaches qualitative research in the entry-level DPT and PhD programs, and health education and wellness content in the entry level DPT program and the transition DPT program.  Dr. Tovin provides dissertation advisement for PhD students. Additionally, Dr. Tovin supervises students in the pediatric clinic at Nova Southeastern University.  

Scholarly Activities and Interests

Dr. Tovin’s research and clinical interests focus on autism spectrum disorders, exercise and wellness, and education.  She has several publications in professional journals, and has also presented at national conferences.   

Areas of Practice

Dr. Tovin has over 25 years of experience as a physical therapist working in a variety of settings including adult neurological and orthopedic rehabilitation, sports medicine, acute care, geriatrics, home care, and pediatrics. Over the past 15 years, she has focused primarily in treating pediatrics in the school, out-patient clinic, and home settings.  Currently, Dr. Tovin treats pediatric patients in the clinic at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.     

Professional Activity Summary

Dr. Tovin has been an APTA member since 1986, and is currently a member of the Pediatric section.  Dr. Tovin is a peer reviewer for the Strength and Conditioning Journal, and Physical Therapy, the journal of the American Physical Therapy Association.