Melodie Kondratek, P.T., M.S., D.Sc.


P.T., M.S., D.Sc., Physical Therapy
Office: 3173 Human Health Building
Phone: (248) 364-8697
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Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy

Melodie Kondratek is an Associate Professor and full time faculty member in the Physical Therapy Program, School of Health Sciences at Oakland University, Rochester, MI. She completed the Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) residency program and doctoral degree (DScPT) at Oakland University in 2004. Dr. Kondratek’s part-time clinical practice at Orthopedic Spine and Sports Therapy includes working with children and adults with orthopedic conditions. She teaches courses in both the entry-level and post-professional programs. Course topics include pediatric interventions, differential diagnosis, and extremity manual therapy examination and intervention for the extremities. Her clinical and research interests include lumbar spine mobility in children and adolescents, and the integration and effectiveness of manual therapy examination and intervention principles in the care of children and adolescents. Melodie has presented on the use of manual therapy techniques for children at state, national, and international conferences.
Dr. Kondratek was honored for her research contributions in the Oakland University Spring 2008 Faculty awards luncheon. Her research achievements include the following: recipient of the Michigan Physical Therapy Association 2006 Award for Outstanding Clinical Poster for a research poster, “The Effect of Joint Mobilization on Knee Flexion Contractures in an Adolescent with Cerebral Palsy: A Case Report”; recipient of the 2008 Toby Long award for the best research paper published in 2007 in ‘Pediatric Physical Therapy’ for her article, “Values for Active Lumbar Range of Motion in Children,”; and recipient of the MPTA’s 2009 Mable Holton Award for her paper ‘Values for Active Lumbar Range of Motion in Children’. She received an Oakland University Faculty Research Grant, two education development grants, Physical Therapy Faculty Development Award in the amount of $32,000, and was awarded, with Oakland colleagues John Krauss and Doug Creighton, a $20,000 research grant from the Del Harder Research Fund from the Detroit Medical Center.

DPT curriculum content responsibilities
Differential Diagnosis, Pediatrics.

Research Interests
  • Orthopedics: intervention techniques for spinal conditions
  • Pediatrics: development of the spine; the use of orthopedic manual therapy techniques in the treatment of children; outcomes of Percutaneous Myofascial Lengthenings for children with cerebral palsy
Research Publications and Presentations
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Association Memberships
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), including the Orthopedic, Pediatric and Education sections
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT)
  • American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM)