Wellest Integrative Health
Wellest Integrative Health thrives to inspire individuals to take control of their health through movement and integrative body work. At Wellest Integrative Health, we strive for health through mind, body, and spirit. We strive to create a nurturing environment that incorporates all aspects of being. We provide the resources and services needed so the individuals can make informed, health promoting changes and decisions in a way that empowers our clients.
Wellest health care providers have merged their specialties so that we can offer a holistic approach to healing and preventative wellness through our outstanding customer service.
Wellest’s vision is to provide state of the art health and wellness services of the highest quality, empowering our clients to become responsible for their well-being. In the end, we hope you can be your wellest self.
Dr. Melissa Hines, PT, DPT
Dr. Melissa Hines, PT, DPT is the founder of Wellest Integrative Health and a licensed physical therapist (PT) in MA and DC. Since graduating from Simmons College magna cum laude with her doctorate in physical therapy, she has practiced in a wide variety of holistic settings specializing in GYROTONIC® rehabilitation, pelvic floor rehabilitation, and myofascial release.
Melissa specializes in Pelvic Floor PT (for women and men) through the prestigious Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. Melissa's training in myofascial release, visceral manipulation, craniosacral therapy and GYROTONIC® has proven pivotal in the treatment of orthopedic conditions. She has taken continuing education courses through advanced Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, Barral Institute of Visceral Manipulation, advanced myofascial release through John Barnes, Upledger Craniosacral therapy, and a certified GYROTONIC® instructor. Melissa has a strong interest in teaching and currently mentors physical therapists and students in the field to help empower therapists to think holistically.
She treats widespread chronic musculoskeletal pain, postural issues, pelvic floor conditions for men and women, pre/postpartum health issues, concussions and sports related injuries. Melissa utilizes an intuitive touch and enlightened approach in each of her treatments.
Melissa lives in Boston’s South End with her husband. She enjoys exploring the city, trying out new restaurants, sailing, and the ocean.
Kathy Kates, NP
Kathy Kates, NP is an experienced bilingual Family Nurse Practitioner at a Boston area community health center. As a specialist in pelvic health, she created a grant-awarded pelvic floor therapy myofascial release program at the health center to help women, men and transgender patients with chronic pelvic pain. She has been invited to lecture on pelvic health at the Partners in Perinatal Health conference and at the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers Annual Community Health Institute. Kathy teaches pelvic health awareness seminars at the Om Namo Center in Cambridge, as well as a weekly “Inner Strength” class at Inner Space Yoga in Brookline Village.
In recent years, Kathy has continued to expand her knowledge base by studying myofascial release with John Barnes (PT). She participated in the inaugural “Integral Touch of Birth” workshop in which she learned to integrate the Spinning Babies ™ approach to help women bring balance to the pelvis during pregnancy.
Prior to her medical training, Kathy was a professional musician, playing locally with the Boston Pops and also traveling the world. Her two career paths, while disparate, have each served to foster a lifelong curiosity about the body from a biomechanical perspective. Her passion lies in educating others on how they can function optimally in order to live their healthiest lives. Kathy offers a unique perspective, not only as a medical provider, but also as a patient who has experienced pelvic pain after treatment for breast cancer.