Melissa Keroack | Biography

Headshot_Melissa Keroack (1)As a current graduate student at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, Melissa Keroack is pursuing a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. Though she is extremely busy with her studies and working full time as a clinician, Melissa’s passion for helping others goes beyond her duties at school and work.


Melissa is an advocate for living a healthy lifestyle and is associated with numerous nonprofit organizations. She started her volunteer work as a member of Habitat for Humanity in high school, where she teamed up with other students to build houses for those in need. Melissa participated in three different excursions in one year while volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. She traveled to St. Thomas, Hawaii, and Portland, Maine, where she experienced the different living conditions for those without homes in all three places. Melissa worked hard to renovate and rebuild homes for families left homeless from natural disasters, civil unrest, and various other environmental and cultural factors, providing them with shelter and housing assistance to help them recover from whatever situation they were facing.


Along with Habitat for Humanity, Melissa Keroack was an avid member for Relay for Life and Holy Martyrs Youth Group. At Relay for Life, Melissa organized a team to participate in the all-night walk-a-thon and encouraged them to donate money to the organization. Relay for Life helps support thousands who have lost loved ones to cancer through events that encourage communities to come together to fight back against diseases that have already taken too much. For six consecutive years, Melissa was part of a Relay for Life Team that camped out overnight at the local high school track, while members took turns running and walking around the track for twenty-four straight hours. As a member of the Holy Martyrs Youth Group, Melissa was part of a team of students from her local parish who gathered each Sunday night to talk about faith. The Holy Martyrs Youth Group is involved in many activities in the community throughout the year and contribute to a wide array of community service. For example, each Christmas Melissa helped to organize a “giving tree” that provides children at homeless shelters with food and presents for the holidays.


During her Doctorate Program at Simmons College, Melissa joined the nonprofit organization, Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART), where she assists the care of homeless cats in Cumberland, Maine. HART was founded in 1997 as a shelter and adoption center, providing refuge, medical attention, and comfort for kittens and cats that have been abandoned, abused, or injured, dedicating their time to finding loving homes for these animals. There, Melissa’s duties involve feeding and cleaning the cats, and participating in various fundraising activities to help raise money for their medical needs. Melissia Keroack’s compassion for people and animals continues to grow.

Apart from her volunteer experience, she dedicates her time to raising awareness for the importance of exercise. As an undergrad, Melissa was part of an organization called Simmons Goes Fit (SGF), where she marketed and coordinated numerous exercise events at the school to help students recognize how vital it is to take care of their bodies. As an active person, Melissa’s hobbies include playing sports like tennis, soccer, lacrosse, and skiing. Throughout her life, and current position as a prospective physical therapist, Melissa’s passions reside in promoting a healthy lifestyle and helping those in need.