Melissa Novak D.O.

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  • Only accepting sports medicine patients at this time.

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.7 out of 5 (298 Ratings, 124 Comments)


  • Family Medicine
  • Sports Medicine

Special focus on

  • Primary Care Sports Medicine
  • Sports Medicine (Family Medicine)


  • D.O., Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine Illinois 2007
  • Residency:

    • Family medicine residency, North Memorial Medical Center University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 2007 - June 2010
  • Fellowship:

    • Pre-doctoral osteopathic manipulative medicine fellowship, Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, June 2004 - May 2007
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Family Medicine


I completed medical school at Midwestern University in Chicago, IL and spent an extra year in medical school to pursue a fellowship in teaching. After medical school I then went on to complete my family medicine residency at the University of Minnesota at an underserved inner-city program in Minneapolis.

At the conclusion of residency, I moved to Salt Lake City, UT to pursue a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Utah.

I have now been in Portland working at Oregon Health Sciences University since 2011. In this time I have established my practice to focus on Primary Care Sports Medicine - helping athletes through their acute injuries and helping them to prevent injuries. I have a special interest in adolescent and young adult female athletes.

Bone health and the female athlete triad (Low energy availability, menstrual dysfunction and low bone mineral density) has become very present in my practice as I have cared for dancers, endurance athletes, and athletic adolescents. Knee injuries and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury prevention has also been a focus of my practice as many of the athletes I care for are at high risk for this.

The second piece of my practice is primary care. At times I serve as a consultant to an athlete during their injuries, which I love and enjoy, however it is an honor to be able to care for an overall athletes health. With my background in family medicine and my added training in sports medicine this becomes a wonderful mixture.

I am also trained as an osteopath and long before I went into family medicine and sports medicine I started to focus in on the musculoskeletal system. As an osteopath we are trained to treat the overall patient and not just the disease. And D.O.s are trained in manual manipulation; I spent an extra year honing in on just these skills and completed a pre-doctoral fellowship in teaching and utilizing manual therapy skills. This has truly been an added bonus throughout my sports medicine career.

In order to give great care to my current patients I have currently closed my practice to new primary care patients unless you fall into a specific category- you are a dancer, you are a high school or collegiate athlete, professional athlete, you are a family member of one of my current patients or if you have special considerations I am always happy to review your case. I am still accepting new patients for athletic injuries, athletic medical problems and musculoskeletal injuries on a consult basis and will provide care for you until your injury has resolved.

Dr. Novak serves as Team Physician for Portland State University, providing sports medicine care for varsity athletes in the PSU training room, in her OHSU clinic, and on the field during athletic events.

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Patient Ratings

4.7 out of 5 (298 Ratings, 124 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • May 09, 2019

    Provider was nice and listened to what I had to say. Did movement checks to figure out pain area. Comforted when I was upset. Helped me to understand where pain was coming from and how long it might last and treatment path forward.

  • May 06, 2019

    Thorough, personable, easy to understand her explanations and plan

  • May 04, 2019

    I found Dr. Novak very pleasant and she was very good at answering my questions. She was very thorough and I enjoyed her immensely.

  • May 03, 2019

    The visit went okay, I don't see her as a great doctor or a bad doctor. She didn't really seem to absorb everything That I was saying, the main points, but I went more in the details seems like she wasn't completely concerned. She did help with the injections, the needle point injections, but I really want to delve in deeper and talk about my problems and it seems that she wasn't really that receptive. So not a great doctor, not a bad doctor, somewhere in the middle. It was my first visit, too, I'd have to go back a few more times to really see if it's a fit.

  • Apr 27, 2019

    Friendly, thorough and professional

  • Apr 26, 2019

    Dr Novak is always amazing.

  • Apr 25, 2019

    My experience with Dr. Novak was very good. However, she had an emergency emergency room resident with us who cut into my foot three times. While I know this was an accident he never apologized and I think he should have. I do not have a quarrel with the doctor, but I do have a quarrel with that particular doctor who cut into my foot. Thank you.

  • Apr 23, 2019

    I felt good about the thorough eval. I learned my hip joints had nothing between them, at first look of the x-ray, but it was sent to the radiologist for their reading. But, guess I'm ready for a hip replacement. Not happy but needed.

  • Apr 11, 2019

    My physician is competent, proactive and pleasant to visit.

  • Apr 11, 2019

    She is exactly the kind of doctor I am looking for. She is knowledgeable, relatable, and a great listener. Her focus in sports medicine gives her a unique edge as a primary care provider that allows her to provide better care to my entire body.

  • Apr 06, 2019

    Dr. Novak is one of those extraordinary practitioners that goes steps beyond. Her skills and abilities are crafted through experience and ongoing studies. Graced with kindness, compassion, and a listening ear, I know that my needs are well met. I value that she discusses diverse medical approaches so that I am well informed. Have found that docs often share just one direction of care which is a shortcoming for patients. Dr. Novak’s care is with passion and I know her as a gift. I am grateful for her in my wellness team!

  • Mar 13, 2019

    Dr. Novak listens to my concerns and makes sure we agree on a treatment plan. Her staff is as excellent as she is.

  • Mar 10, 2019

    Nothing but good

  • Mar 09, 2019

    Very caring and helpful and a good listener. Also, very good at explaining anything that we needed to better understand.

  • Mar 08, 2019

    Knowledgeable, good listener and problem solver

  • Mar 07, 2019

    Dr Novak is wonderful. She takes time to listen.

  • Mar 05, 2019

    dr. novak is kind, skilled, knowledgeable, and provides a service that impacts my wellness in an exceptionally grand way. always feel so fortunate to have her a part of my wellness program.

  • Feb 22, 2019

    I have not had a ton of contact with her directly - our first appointment i spent a long time with a fellow, second a long time with a med student... she comes in for a summary and that was about it. Didn't to much to help address my pain level and was 90 minutes late for one of our appointments that got rescheduled twice after by her office. My experience isn't great.

  • Feb 17, 2019

    Everyone was pleasant and professional. No reflection on them, but the stickiness from the electrodes caused a reaction in my skin and I have been scratching and applying hydrocortisone on the little red square spots. Maybe a warning or something...?

  • Feb 17, 2019

    Dr Novak is usually pretty good, but this appointment she was a bit dismissive. I usually don’t mind having medical students in the room, but they made it even harder to have a good conversation

  • Feb 14, 2019

    Very personable and helpful

  • Feb 12, 2019

    Fast efficient yet explained reasons why on procedure.

  • Feb 11, 2019

    Dr. Novak was very personable caring a good listener. And gave me very good information regarding my issue.

  • Feb 07, 2019

    She was super nice and was willing to answer questions but there just wasn’t much that can be done for my injury so I didn’t learn much.

  • Feb 07, 2019

    She is quite personable and tried to put me at ease, however, at times it felt as though she wasn't fully listening to what I had to say.

  • Feb 02, 2019

    I think Melissa Novak is an excellent doctor. She has tremendous follow through, all of my appointments are very thorough, and she's available for any questions that I may have. I've been going to her for a number of years, and I would highly, highly recommend her.

  • Feb 01, 2019

    She as excellent questions that garnered from me the information needed to give additional information beyond her observation and probing of the injured area. She shared information from the diagnostic tests and gave instructions for treatment as well as precautionary measures to undertake to avoid possible blood clots on a soon to occur 20 hour plane flight that was greatly appreciated.

  • Jan 31, 2019

    This is a very positive experience.

  • Jan 31, 2019

    Yes, my experience with Dr. Novak was very enlightening and very receptive. I really enjoyed her feedback, along with the sports therapist there - and hey, I'm happy because I want to get my situation corrected with my hip and yes - it was great. It's the most positive thing I've had in the last 2-3 Years. Thank you.

  • Jan 31, 2019

    I'm very, I hate doing this. I'm very pleased with the treatment and the visit that I had with Melissa Novak and I would refer her to anybody who needed a referral. Thank you.

  • Jan 30, 2019

    She was forthcoming with information about my situation. I appreciate her willingness to explain.

  • Jan 29, 2019

    Great patient rapport and efficient!

  • Jan 25, 2019

    Always a pleasure to see Dr. Novak. She is smart and upbeat.

  • Jan 23, 2019

    Dr Novak always listens to my symptoms, finds the problem, then gives me specific exercises and manipulations to address the issue. She also spent a lot of time with me trying to help me figure out what is wrong with my leg.

  • Jan 22, 2019

    Yes, she was very friendly, very helpful, and very concerned, and she really took the care of me. Answered all my questions and I really appreciate that and yes, I would definitely recommend her to other people. First time and had her but she was very good. Thank you. You have a great doctors and nurses.

  • Jan 20, 2019

    Yes, I've been with Melissa Novak, Dr. Melissa Novak, for many years now and I believe that she's a very exceptional lady, and also a fantastic, daughter, doctor, I'm sorry to say. But, yes, I would recommend her highly. Thank you.

  • Jan 18, 2019

    My provider is respectful, listens, takes time, is accurate and proactive with my health, and I appreciate that, and she understands preventative and proactive approaches. Thank you.

  • Jan 16, 2019

    Hi, Dr. Novak is no doubt very knowledgeable in the area of concussions. However, I have spoken with other neurologists and there was conflict in information... which wouldn't have been an issue except that she was... very hundred percent sure that she was correct. I... grew up in the medical field and worked in the medical field and... I guess the, they're not checking MD's bed side manner at all, but she really lacks bed side manner, and I found her to be quite arrogant. So it was disappointing because my experience at Oasis U has always been just really great. Thank you and I don't think I've ever given a negative review. Well, maybe about one physician, but... I'm 58 years old and, I've never really had such a hard time with somebody. She also spoke... outside*

  • Jan 15, 2019

    Dr Novak has been treating me for several months. I feel that since she was unable to determine the cause of my issue she has taken a step back and referred me out. I was sent off still in significant pain without a plan to manage until I could be seen by another dr.

  • Jan 12, 2019

    Dr. Novak is a great listener, asks direct questions that are easy to answer, and seems genuinely concerned about my quality of life.

  • Jan 11, 2019

    Dr. Novak is a very knowledgeable and caring professional.

  • Jan 09, 2019

    My interaction with both Dr. Novak and the Fellow, Dr. Suchy, were great. They both spent time with me, asked me a lot of questions, explained what they were thinking and what they were finding, and I left with an answer and a treatment plan.

  • Jan 08, 2019

    Always Great!

  • Jan 06, 2019

    Dr. Novak is a very caring and responsive provider. She listened very carefully to what I had to say, and took appropriate action to give me a cortisone injection in my right palm. That's exactly what I wanted, and it cured me.

  • Dec 17, 2018

    really kind doctor, matter of fact, good listener, gives practical advice and doesn't shame me for not being able to fulfill her recommendations

  • Dec 16, 2018

    Professional, knowledgable. Listened to my concerns and provided an adequate treatment plan.

  • Dec 15, 2018

    Dr Novak is a great listener and provides excellent feedback

  • Dec 13, 2018

    Dr. Novak is a good doctor, but at there have been times that she rushed us and seemed rather dismissive - also her nursing staff, there's been a few incidents where they had like student doctors come in and say things, you know, just that weren't - there seems to be an inconsistency with care. We do like Dr. Novak, but I think that there's just some area for improvement - she's a good doctor, but she needs to perhaps be a little more patient and a little more respectful.

  • Dec 12, 2018

    Fast, informative, great service

  • Dec 12, 2018

    Shot in knee for arthritis pain

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