Melinda Belcher, PA-C

Physician Assistant
Assistant for Dr. Ferrari
Specialties: General Orthopedics
Fax: 303-344-1922

Melinda, a certified Physician Assistant with nearly 20 years of experience, joined Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Specialists, a division of OCC, in May of 2020. Melinda began her path into orthopedics by earning a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University, majoring in Public Health and Athletic Training in 1993, and then completed her Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology/Biomechanics from Western Illinois University in 1994. She spent eight years providing sports medicine coverage to high school and collegiate athletic programs throughout the southeast. She was honored to serve on the Medical Staff of the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games, providing coverage to the Field Hockey venues as an Athletic Trainer.

In 2003, Melinda took her career to the next level when she graduated from the MCP Hahnemann Physician Assistant Program of Drexel University in Philadelphia with a B.S. in Physician Assistant Studies and began practicing as a Certified Physician Assistant, dedicated to orthopedic medicine. She has practiced in NC, VA, and CA, as well as here in Colorado since 2007. Her breadth of knowledge spans the specialties of sports medicine, orthopedic trauma, foot and ankle surgery, and total joint replacement of the shoulder, hip, and knee.

Melinda works exclusively with Dr. James D. Ferrari, who specializes in shoulder and knee conditions, general orthopedics and sports medicine; this team offers patients over 45 years of combined orthopedic expertise. Melinda works clinically in the office caring for new, returning and postoperative patients, as well as assisting Dr. Ferrari on their surgical cases at several area surgery centers, Sky Ridge Medical Center and Littleton Adventist Hospital. She is a member of the AAPA, PAOS, and the Colorado Academy of Physician Assistants. She holds an active state license in CO, national certification through the NCCPA and is registered with DEA. Additionally, she is BLS & ACLS certified.

Melinda, who grew up in New Jersey, now proudly calls Colorado her home for close to 15 years. She enjoys hiking, cycling, photography, gardening, and wine tastings.


  • Assistance with Sports Medicine conditions
  • Assistance with orthopedic trauma
  • Assistance with foot and ankle surgery
  • Assistance with total joint replacement of the shoulder, hip, and knee

Assisting With Treatment of Common Problems with

  • Foot and Ankle
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Shoulder


  • Bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University
  • Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology/Biomechanics from Western Illinois University
  • B.S. in Physician Assistant Studies from MCP Hahnemann Physician Assistant Program of Drexel University in Philadelphia

Licenses & Certifications

  • Physician Assistant – Certified, National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants
  • Colorado PA license
  • DEA license
Denver Lowry Reviews
00:23 24 Mar 24
Dr. Rovak first listened to my concerns about the pain in my thumb and wrist. He ordered x-rays and confirmed what he was thinking. He went over my options and we started with the conservative approach.I have a lot of respect for surgeons that pushes surgey to the bottom of the list.I will not only recommend Dr. Rovak to my friends, I would take my kids to see hi.
Sandra SanchezSandra Sanchez
18:51 23 Mar 24
From the beginning of my healing journey, I have been treated professionally and with compassion. Dr. Thon and his staff have communicated every imaginable detail about the procedure I needed, as well as the recovery phase. I have been placed in the best hands! Whenever I reached out by phone or email, I received a response within 24 hours. Thank you all so much!
Paul BorgerPaul Borger
19:41 08 Mar 24
My experience with Dr. Shen for my nerve pain and back stenosis, from the day I met him, through my surgery (L4/L5 fusion with a cage) and follow ups was fantastic. From the beginning he explained to me my options and what to expect. I would highly recommend him to anyone that is experiencing back issues. He is very nice and will explain everything to you in a way you will understand. Very pleased with my results and recovery.
Wally AdamsWally Adams
01:35 06 Jan 24
Dr. Ng and his staff had me well informed and prepared before my surgery. The after care and follow up visits were not your typical in and out visits. I feel as if he genuinely cares for his patients, which shows in the attention given during my appointments.
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