Meet the Team


Heather Koch MAT, LAT, ATC

Certified Athletic Trainer & Physician Liason

Heather is a national board certified and Missouri state licensed Athletic Trainer. She graduated from Saint Louis University with her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in 2013 and her master’s degree in Athletic Training in 2014. In her free time she enjoys coaching competitive cheerleading and training to compete in fitness competitions.

Heather is the Sports Medicine Coordinator for Melander Sports Medicine. She assists Dr. Melander and Nurse Practitioner, Holly Strassner in clinic with casting, brace fitting, home exercise instruction, as well as various other tasks. Heather also provides athletic training coverage for multiple athletic teams outside of the office. She started with the practice in April 2019.



Holly Strassner, MSN, NP-C, CRNFA

Nurse Practitioner

Holly has been a registered nurse (RN) since 1996 and a registered nurse first assistant (RNFA) since 2002. She started working with Dr. Melander in 2008 at Mid Rivers Surgery Center and started her own surgical assistant company, Surgassist, LLC in 2009. This allowed her to provide surgical assisting services for Dr. Melander at all of his surgical locations.

In 2013 Holly became a Certified Registered Nurse First Assistant (CRNFA) and began to pursue a master’s in nursing degree. Holly obtained a master’s in nursing as a Nurse Practitioner (NP-C) in December 2016. She has been a part of the Melander Sports Medicine team for 10 years, and has been in clinic with Dr. Melander since May 2017.

Holly currently sees patients on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Winghaven office, continues to assist with surgical procedures, and is available to provide sports physicals.


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