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Member Spotlight: Melissa Marie Harvey - MUSCLE efx & MyoPro Institute

April 21, 2022
Melissa Marie HarveyMelissa Marie Harvey moved to the Big Island in 2016 from Syracuse, New York where she was a lead instructor for close to 10 years at the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage. While teaching, she ran a private office in an area gym, treating professional & amateur athletes, along with the ‘weekend warriors’.

She vacationed in Hawaii in June 2012 for 3 weeks and fell in love with the island. Returning to New York, she planned to move to Hawaii in 5 years. She made the move in 2016. She sold her thriving practice in New York, packed up everything in 4 large suitcases, massage table and all, with dreams of establishing a home and flourishing business in Kona.

Melissa is dual licensed in Massage Therapy in New York and Hawaii and has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for 22 years. Currently, she is the owner of MUSCLE efx & Owner/Instructor of the MyoPro Institute LLC. Her private office, MUSCLE efx, offers Orthopedic/Medical Massage rehab treatments. She then opened the MyoPro Institute LLC in 2019, to offer Advanced Technique Training courses for already licensed Hawaii massage therapists. In 2020, she purchased the Medical Massage Center & Academy, in downtown Kona. The MyoPro Institute then began offering Level One and Level Two Medical Massage Therapy training programs, to those individuals interested in learning a more medical approach to massage therapy.

What are the most important personal satisfactions connected with your profession?
It’s a tie between the rehab work that I offer my patients at MUSCLE efx and the unparalleled curriculum I offer at my school, MyoPro Institute LLC. I am honored to be able to offer my experiences, skills, and information I have acquired throughout my career in such an encompassing and informational school curriculum. To pass on my knowledge and creating my legacy is the most satisfying and fulfilling feeling.

How was your business impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Both my private office and the school were shutdown from March 17, 2020, to June 2, 2020. No work and no classes meant NO INCOME. I purchased the school TWO WEEKS BEFORE shutdown. So, to say I had some obstacles in the beginning, would be an understatement. But I persevered and pushed forward when we reopened. I redesigned the current curriculum to be more medically based in Level One & Level Two. I also revamped the entire program from 570 hours to 690 hours to provide students with more Orthopedic/Medical Treatment Techniques and the required hours to sit for the National Exam as well as the Hawaii State test. When we reopened, a large quantity of staff (that had previously been employed as Independent Contractors) chose not to return. So, it wasn’t until November 2020 (when our first student clinic started), that we started to see some small profits.

Do you feel that HCFCU played a role in your business outcome during the pandemic?
Yes, HCFCU was always there. They offered to defer loan payments during the shutdown of my business and alerted me to and assisted with applying for various business disaster relief and assistance programs that were offered. They were always eager and willing to answer questions that I may have had during the process.

If there is one word you could use to describe your experience with us, what would it be and why?‚Äč
AMAZING!!!! I am so grateful to have HCFCU in my corner. They have been an integral part of my continued success. I look forward to increased success in business, student enrollment, and all areas of my life!

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