Melissa Rini, MSOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Certification and Licensure:

Licensed Occupational Therapist, North Carolina

Registered with National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

Specialized Training/ Continuing Education

Courses in:

Teletherapy using various platforms such as Zoom, FaceTime, TheraPlatform and Google Duo

Natural Learning Environment Practices

Coaching Model

Pediatric Yoga

100 Signs for Easy and Effective Communication in Therapy

Preschoolers and Autism

Wilbarger Brushing Protocol


Sensory Integration

Fine Motor Coordination

Visual Motor/ Perception

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Developmental Delays

Motor Apraxia


Melissa is originally from New England growing up in Connecticut and moved to North Carolina in 2014. She attended the University of New Hampshire where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy and received her M.S. degree in Occupational. Melissa has worked in many different settings including rehabilitation, hospital, outpatient pediatrics, and home settings. She has a particular interest in working with children in order to achieve their most independent level within a fun and functional setting. Her clinical experience includes work with children with Developmental Delays, Fine Motor Coordination Disorders, Sensory Integration, Visual Motor/Perceptual Disorders, Down Syndrome, Autism, Gross Motor Delays, and Medically Fragile Children. Melissa values the importance of collaborative between families and professionals and believes in the positive outcomes Occupational Therapy intervention can have for children and their families.


“Working with Melissa was a true partnership. She helped my daughter address a number of challenges over nearly a year and a half; we saw incredible progress that we hadn’t seen during other therapies, including a previous OT series at another practice. Melissa was always eager to see my daughter and approached each session with positivity and fun. Her assessments of my daughter’s needs and abilities were accurate, the strategies she implemented were impactful, and the guidance she gave me as the parent was supportive. She was immensely valuable coordinating with my daughter’s school and psychologist, especially during the unprecedented virtual learning we experienced due to the pandemic. Melissa was caring and effective – we highly recommend her. In my daughter’s words, “She was really helpful; all my problems were solved. I really liked OT and felt much better after. Melissa was great!”