Dr.Ruthless: About Dr. Ruthless®

Fresh, Fierce & Shamelessly Funny.

Every once in a while, someone comes along and not only leaves an indelible impression on you, but changes the way you perceive yourself and your place in the world. Melissa Soalt is one such person... Dr. Ruthless has a lot to offer the world." -- Black Belt Magazine's Woman of the Year

"Dr. Ruthless KICKS ASS!" -- BUST Magazine

"Melissa Soalt is probably the most powerful female self defence instructor in the world today." -- Geoff Thompson, legendary UK Self Defense Pioneer, Screenwriter & Author

"Fantastic ... You're a crusader for the cause!" Life On Purpose radio show host, Deb Colitti

"Melissa is a legitimate combat talent. She's explosive, fast and yeah she's diminutive, but how'd you like to get shot with a bullet her size? " Kelly McCann, Combatives expert, author, former CNN analyst

"We just love this woman to death... and she IS ruthless!" Lorianne Crook, Crook & Chase TV show.

Melissa Soalt AKA Dr. Ruthless is a triple threat: an award- winning self defense expert, former psychotherapist and a Black Belt Hall of Fame recipient.  

Named one of TOP FIVE "Tough Girls" by Black Belt in 2012.  

"If you want to improve your sex life, call Dr. Ruth. If you want to learn how to save your life... call Dr. Ruthless." 

A Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame recipient and Woman of the Year, in 2008 Melissa received the Self Defense Industry Award for Best Women's Self Defense. A frontrunner in full-force (padded-attacker) scenario-based methods, since 1986 Melissa has shown thousands of women how to protect themselves from danger and summon their primal powers to fight back and survive. She is widely respected for her no-nonsense methods, emotional depth, and unabashed call for all women to become physically literate in aggressive self-protection- and to embrace, not shun, their KILLER INSTINCT.  Her Fierce and Female DVD has been hailed by law enforcement, street fighters and feminists alike. Her methods draw from full-force self defense, close-quarters combat, martial arts, street tactics, and her keen insights into the psycho-biology of fear. In her more irreverent moments she fancies herself The Little Madam of Big Blows.

Melissa also has first-hand experience with attack. While living in Israel, then traveling across Asia on her maiden voyage into the world (mid-1970's), Melissa successfully fought off physical and sexual / rape attacks. She also endured violent groping and indignities-- and was rudely awakened to the mistreatment of women worldwide. Here amidst the old world's towering antiquities, she learned she was a scrappy bitch and birthed her undying reverence for female disobedience. This drove her to the need for women's self defense. A decade later in Boulder, Colorado, after years of martial arts training, a terrifying home-alone encounter with a knife-wielding rapist led her to more down-and-dirty methods that "would become me." (She foiled that attempt.)

The founder and former owner of Model Mugging of Boston, in 1986, Melissa brought Model Mugging's scenario-based, training method to the East Coast. Under her dynamic leadership, aided by her background in psychotherapy and trauma recovery, it quickly  emerged as one of the most successful full-force self defense schools nationwide-with specialized training for women, teens and men. Melissa's on-site seminars have been conducted at such notable institutions as Harvard, Polaroid, Hewlett Packard, Reebok, UPS, Procter and Gamble and the Miami Herald. She has also taught in India, Germany and Switzerland.

MELISSA'S MEDIA CREDITS HAVE INCLUDED:  THE VIEW, NBC Nightly News, INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY, NPR, Asia News International, Bangalore Headline News, Seattle's Northwest Afternoon, THE DEB COLITTI Show and numerous newscasts and radio programs across the country. Melissa was also the self defense expert for Investigation Discovery's premier episode on  "DATES FROM HELL


Melissa has been cited or featured in national and international publications, including SELF, MARIE CLAIRE (South Africa) Woman's Day, The Wall Street Journal, HOLLYWOOD.COM, CosmoGirl, BLACK BELT, BUST, Germany's Stern Magazine, The HINDU, Newsweek Japan and The Prague Post.  Her "DHARMA of DEFENSE" Q + A was featured on Feminist Pionner GLORIA FELDT'S  site, with rave reviews.  

On a topic dear to her heart-- female journalists and the need for sexual assault preparedness training-- Melissa has shared her expertise with The Committee to Protect Journalists, has been cited in The American Journalism Review and The Ryerson Review of Journalism and was interviewed for a Q & A on POLITICS DAILY. 

Melissa has also published feature articles, and penned a personal safety newspaper column; she blogged for The Huffington Post and guest blogged for FORBES (Being Nice Can Kill You) and was a columnist for Self Defense For Women Magazine. Her essay, Fierce Love: The Heart of a Female Warrior, was featured in a Warrior's anthology. Melissa is back at work on her first book—a paradigm-shifting work infused with artful narrative, PRACTICAL takeaway skills, and calling for women to embrace this deep-seated potential.

You can find the good Doc posting like MAD on her Face Book Page, where she freely dispenses lifesaving wisdom, and on her down and dirty BLOG "Find Your Fierce." 

An impassioned and articulate presenter with a fresh voice, compelling messages and no-nonsense expertise, she welcomes MEDIA and PUBLISHING inquires. Please contact me here.  

Gather The Women: A Personal & Urgent Note  

These are perilous times for women and girls all over the world. Violence and sexual attack against women is pandemic. That this rages unchecked in the 21st century is an outrage and tragedy-- so I'm aiming to bring my Fierce Female messages and methods to regions of the world where the skills and spirit of self defense, along with all efforts to stem this violence, are urgently needed. To effect lasting changes in safety and status, women and girls MUST enable this power, re-seed this consciousness and harvest its competencies. 

Women must no longer outsource their protection to men. Half the world's population should not live in fear of the other half. 

Not only is this leaning imperative to women’s self-protection and to reducing the ills and indignities imposed by FEAR, but embodying the female warrior spirit is vital to restoring balance to the world-- to creating far more equitable societies built on compassionate ideals. (To learn more about my views, go to FAQ).

To bring me to your locale, or to explore joining forces with efforts in your area, please contact me via email.

Michael Haynack is Dr. Ruthless' fabulous co-trainer for hands-on and full-force seminars.

A lifelong student of martial and combative arts, he holds black belts in Aikido and Karate and is an avid practitioner of Philippine blade, stick and empty-hand systems. He is also a certified Police Combat Shooting instructor and a certified instructor in Paul Vunak's "Progressive Fighting Systems." A personal protection specialist (e.g., bodyguard), former bouncer and police trainer, Michael has intervened in innumerable "battles," and has defended himself and others against single, multiple and armed attackers—individuals much larger than himself. At a whopping five feet, five inches tall, Michael brings a wealth of real world experience to his teaching.

Michael has been donning the 'Bulletman" armor since 1991 and is co-founder and former chief instructor of the Rocky Mountain Combat Applications Training. He has trained Special Forces in the applications of adrenaline-state training methods and has appeared in sundry self defense and knife fighting videos. An accomplished scout, tracker and aficionado of wilderness survival, he is well-versed in the scholarly study and practice of warrior arts, and is a passionate champion of women's self defense.