Melissa Karrer is a 5 year survivor of Triple Negative breast cancer, who during treatment also discovered she carries the BRCA1 gene. Married to Joe Karrer for nearly 19 years, she is mother to 2 boys, Jacob (12) and Blake (8). Professionally, Melissa has practiced Physical Therapy as a Physical Therapist Assistant since 1999. During her treatment, however, she took a hiatus from the PT world and volunteered with and then worked for ACS partner, Kentucky CancerLink. It was there that she came to understand the overwhelming need for direct patient services for those who are in need of life-saving cancer screenings and assistance during treatment. Working alongside ACS programs such as Hope Lodge, Road to Recovery and Reach to Recovery was a valuable experience showing that we are better when we work together and can make a great difference for those in need during a cancer journey.
Melissa returned to Physical Therapy in 2017. She currently works for KORT Physical Therapy at the Winchester location. She recently received certification as a Cancer Rehab Clinician through KORT’s Revital Cancer Rehab program. She looks forward to working with cancer patients and survivors as they navigate the physical difficulties experienced during and after treatment and surgery.
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