As an accomplished public speaker, Melanie excels in engaging diverse audiences on trauma, couples therapy, and addiction topics. Her expertise extends to educating various departments and teams statewide, including hospitals, fire departments, police stations, sheriff associations, unions, and universities, all committed to enhancing the mental well-being of their members.
Notable certifications and experiences include her Prolonged Exposure training at the University of Pennsylvania, where she partnered with General Burton to honor Gold Star Families. Melanie has also served as a trauma therapist in the psychiatric military unit at Salt Lake Behavioral Health Hospital and holds a CITI Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative Social and Behavioral Research Certification.
Melanie’s unique skill set is further exemplified by her work with military units, SWAT teams, hostage situations, first responders, and emergency crews. She has been instrumental in debriefing teams following critical incidents during some of Utah’s most challenging disasters, including airplane and helicopter crashes, avalanche rescues, and collaboration with emergency ski patrol teams.
Beyond her clinical work, Melanie collaborates with executives, corporations, employees, and departments nationwide, offering her insights to bolster leadership, instill inspiration, and drive positive change through her impactful public speaking engagements.