Melanie Howell, DO
Dr. Howell grew up in Bergen County New Jersey. She received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry-School of Osteopathic Medicine. She then completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from NYU Langone Medical Center/Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine. Upon completion of her residency, she went on to pursue fellowship training in Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she focused on the treatment of pain, as well as the restoration of function during and after cancer treatment.
Dr. Howell is board-certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, a member of the New York Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and a member of the American Osteopathic Association. She is also an active member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
In addition to participating in a research project emphasizing the prevalence of pelvic girdle pain, she has published peer-reviewed articles in both musculoskeletal medicine and acupuncture. Dr. Howell also co-authored a pelvic pain chapter in a pain management manual.
Dr. Howell joined Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine because she is both passionate and determined to manage the discomfort and dysfunction associated with pelvic pain. During her medical training and as an attending, she saw firsthand how debilitating this pain could be. She remains dedicated to providing this very deserving patient population with options and improved quality of life.
In her spare time, Dr. Howell enjoys cooking nutritious meals and spending quality time with her husband, toddler and newborn son.
Get To Know Your Doctor
Why did you become a doctor?
Becoming a doctor was a childhood aspiration of mine. I have always been drawn to the idea of being able to participate in the healing process, while also having the opportunity to connect with individuals on a very personal level. It is truly a privilege to be able to practice such a rewarding profession.
What is your approach to medicine?
I believe in empowering my patients with the tools and information necessary to take control of their health. I spend time educating patients on the importance of physical activity, nutrition and lifestyle as it relates to their symptoms and their overall health.
How would you define patient care?
I understand how important is it for a patient to feel heard. I take the doctor-patient relationship very seriously and pride myself in providing individualized care for each patient in order to address their specific needs.
Do you do any non-profit or philanthropic work?
As an avid runner, I have volunteered my medical services during NYC marathons. I have also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity. In addition, I am passionate about international outreach and am a member of the Organization of International Development.
Dr. Melanie Howell received her B.S. from Montclair State University, attended medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Stratford, New Jersey and received her doctorate of osteopathic medicine. Melanie received her New Jersey State Medical License in 2016.
Gober, D.O., J., Howell, D.O., M., Sackheim, D.O., K., & Shah, M.D., S. Pain Management and Palliative Care: A Comprehensive Guide Abdominal and Pelvic Pain
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, San Diego, CA. “Confirming the Reversal of Ulnar Nerve Transposition Surgery with Ultrasound and Electrodiagnostic Studies: A Case Report” November 2014.
Association of Academic Physiatrists Conference, New Orleans, LA. “Mood Changes As Initial Presentation of Hydrocephalus Status-Post Craniectomy. March 2013.
At Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine, we look at things differently. We consider the patient as a whole person, and we focus on the pelvic region because it’s the central core of your body. The pelvis is one of the primary regions in your body that helps your muscles, nerves, organs, ligaments and bones work together as a unified organism.