Melinda Roalstad, MS, PAC
Co-Founder & Vice President
Melinda was raised in Boulder, Colorado and attended the University of Colorado for her Bachelors Degree in Psychology, the University of Miami, for her Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology. She returned to Steamboat, Colorado to work in human performance and training athletes for a variety of sports from which she began training athletes for the US Freestyle Ski Team. She then expanded her expertise for strength and conditioning training with ski athletes in joining US Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) as Assistant Director of Sport Science from 1990-96. Following the Lillehammer Olympics, looking to combine her physiology background with medical health and wellness, she returned to academics at the University of Utah School of Medicine, where she obtained her Physician’s Assistant Degree. She spent 2 years expanding her medical care training working in a Wyoming rural health care setting before returning to USSA in 1998 to establish and develop an in house medical program for USSA athletes. As the former Medical Director for the US Ski & Snowboard Association from 1998-2006, she established multiple support mechanisms; systems, policies and procedures to support the health, wellness and medical care for ski and snowboard athletes. The management of mild head injury was a significant issue requiring appropriate guidelines and defined stepwise process to return to competitive sport. In her tenure, also the Secretary of FIS Medical Committee, she established both USSA and FIS guidelines for concussion management. She has a long history working with management of concussive injury in sports.
Upon her departure from USSA and return to primary care medicine in 2007, she observed a lack of direction in youth sports at that time for specific guidance in appropriate return to sport oversight for young athletes. Think Head First, LLC was born as a passion that Melinda had to provide expertise in concussion management that was being utilized in elite athletics to much needed younger up and coming athletes as well as any individual suffering from concussive injury.
Melinda, along with Wain Allen, M.D., formed Think Head First, LLC in 2009 to enhance awareness for concussive injury and help educate schools and sports organizations and employers about concussion management as well as provide a specialty practice to offer a multidisciplinary integrative approach to the care and management of the recovery process from concussive injury.
In her leisure time, Melinda enjoys being outdoors with her doggies, camping, hiking, mountain biking, skiing and gardening. Melinda has recently left primary care medicine to focus full time with Think Head First.