Dr.Ruthless: Speaking & Seminars

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Not only did your seminar give me confidence, it has shown me how to react in a life threatening situation. Sixteen days after your class, a man pointed a gun at my head demanding sexual favors... Because of what I learned in your seminar, I knew exactly what to do." --Alison, Seminar Participant

"Keep up Your Great Work, Melissa!" -- John Douglas, Legendary FBI Profiler & Author

"The gig is up. Women can no longer view this as a fringe frontier-- as something for the fierce few. It's time to bring this power home, to reap its fruits, harvest it furies and hone the skills to resist attack, and pass this power to our young...."

OVERVIEW: Based in New England (western Massachusetts), Dr. Ruthless offers a variety of on-site seminars to fit your company, school or organization's needs—from "reduce your risk" luncheon lectures to full-force and specialized hands-on training. Our programs can also be conducted as part of a larger conference,  event or college orientation. 

For more about overseas training please see FAQ.


Fees range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars depending on the length of the program, location, travel and expenses. Training is billed per seminar, not per person.


Lecture and Demonstration - Practical prevention strategies to increase safety and reduce fear (appropriate for mixed gender groups). Includes danger recognition, "street smarts," assault deterring and verbal boundary setting strategies, plus introduction to physical defense. Available as a lecture with DVD or team-taught with padded attacker allowing for full-force demonstration.

Hands-on Seminars—Get Cracking and Flower the Power! Conducted as half-day (3-4 hour) training. Covers assault prevention, breakaway, and core fight-back-to-escape skills for stand up and rape defense - plus how to blast through fear and, when all else fails, unleash maximum might . Includes group exercises, role plays and full-force practice (on a voluntary basis) in assault simulations. Great confidence and team builder! Supportive and spirited environment. Content reflects safety concerns of group, employees or student body.

Maximum Protection! Intensive Training in Scenario-Based, Adrenaline-State Methods: Our PRIMAL no-nonsense, kick-ass training designed to burn life-saving methods into your body's neural network. Learn how to fight for your life full-power, full-speed in assault simulations while channeling emotions into action. Step-by-step learning and coaching conducted in a highly supportive environment. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.

Private and Small Group Lessons Available.

Consulting also available for Mature Martial Artists & Self Defense Trainers Wishing to Expand their Skills, Sensitivity and Wisdom Teaching Women and Assault Survivors.   

Overseas Training and Consulting

New Info Coming soon! ... 

"Fear Into Fire" Seminar SALE for Colleges and Universites within an 80 mile radius of our Western Mass location. Three lifesaving hours for $500 Bucks!  Hot deal! 

Contact us for more information

Private Sector Clients & Endorsements Have Included:

  • Kraft Foods
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Polaroid
  • UPS
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Reebok International
  • Motorola Codex
  • Houghton Mifflin Publishing Co.
  • Stride Rite Corporation
  • Banyan Systems Inc.
  • Teradyne Inc.
  • MAST Industries
  • Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc.
  • S & S Worldwide
  • Cops Monitoring Corp.
  • F & G Realty Corp
  • Grand Circle Travel
  • CSC Corporation
  • Mass Mutual Life Insurance Co.
  • The Boston Globe
  • The Miami Herald
  • Sun Life of Canada Financial Group
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Boston Financial Group
  • Drew University
  • Harvard University
  • M.I.T.
  • Brown University
  • Ball State University
  • Mt. Holyoke College
  • Groton (boarding) School
  • Concord Academy
  • Brigham & Women's Hospital
  • Beth Israel Hospital
  • Massachusetts Medical Society
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • New England Journal of Medicine
  • The Institute of Life Energy (Germany)
  • West Virginia State Police
  • Plus, scores of other businesses, schools organizations and health clubs

"The attendees were spellbound..."
The Miami Herald

"A dynamic no-nonsense professional, Melissa puts her heart into her work and really knows her stuff. You'd be hard pressed to find anyone better..."
Anthony Scotti, International Authority and Trainer, Defensive Driving & Executive Protection

"Professionally done and very well organized. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive. It was a quality experience...a renewed sense of empowerment in the workplace and on the street."
Polaroid Corporation.

"Everyone at Kraft Foods would like to thank you for such an informative and exciting self defense event... All who participated came away with a newfound awareness of how to protect themselves in potentially harmful situations. The topic of self defense, and Michael's true-to-life scenario-based attacks, is now a 'hot topic' in the office... Thank you for your tremendous enthusiasm and dedication."
Kraft Foods, New England Region

"A life-saving program...Melissa is a gifted and passionate professional who immediately puts you at ease and leaves you humming with power."
F&G Realty and Property Management

"...an exhilarating evening. You were spectacular. We cannot express how valuable your seminar was for us and our nannies."
Boston Nanny Centre.

"Masterful in its design and delivery. Few trainings are capable of yielding such transformative yet pragmatic results."
E.W. Organizational Consultant and Training Specialist

"Consummate professionals... you addressed a frightening subject with skill, sensitivity and just the right amount of humor... An unforgettable experience that took us to whole new levels of power."
Barbara Hoffman, CEO Hoffman Associates

"We have found Melissa's services to be outstanding! Her program is based on strong security theory... and the techniques stick with you. This program is great and our evaluations without exception reflect this."
Beth Israel Hospital

"Thank you again for your wonderful program. We feel we've already received back our company's investment in your training through employee goodwill. When you consider the high crime rate of our society, (I'd say) companies can't afford NOT to provide your training."
The Fun Company, Human Resources.