S Jacob Melnick PT, DPT

Graduate College of Health Sciences - Department of Physical Therapy

Doctor of Physical Therapy Director of Clinical Education

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy


  • B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science, University of Georgia
  • DPT, Texas State University
  • Residency in Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • DHSc (c), A.T. Still University


Dr. Jacob Melnick lives in Honolulu, HI, and serves as Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor in the DPT program at Hawai'i Pacific University. Prior to HPU, Dr. Melnick practiced as a physical therapist at Tripler Army Medical Center and was the Functional Restoration Program Director in the Interdisciplinary Pain Management Center.

During his years of clinical practice, Dr. Melnick has served the general population as well as active duty members, their dependents, and retirees at two large military hospital systems. He was the Director of the military's largest Doctor of Physical Therapy Internship Program while at Keesler Air Force Base. He continues to practice locally, with a specific focus on distance runners, triathletes, surfers, and other common orthopedic conditions. He also serves in a consultative and mentorship role at OrhoSport Hawaii.

Dr. Melnick has additional training as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a dry needling practitioner, and as a USA Track and Field Level 1 Coach. He is also a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy.

Dr. Melnick has served the physical therapy profession as a leader in the American Physical Therapy Association as the Public Relations Chairman for APTA Mississippi, and currently serves on both the education and legislative committees for APTA Hawaii. He has presented at state, regional, and national conferences on topics such as running injury and prevention, dry needling, clinical education and student performance, and clinical practice guidelines.

S Jacob Melnick

Assistant Professor

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