Hi! I'm Melanie. I offer Private Functional Nutrition Consultations for people with chronic conditions whose symptoms are getting in the way of them fully living their lives. I help people alleviate chronic symptoms, better understand what's going on in their bodies, and gain confidence and clarity around what to eat.
I have been successful at helping clients significantly enhance their digestion, lose weight and improve their health with food. I know what it takes to make those changes and stick with it, and I can help you do it too!
I believe that what is nutritious is different for everyone because the foods you eat and how your body functions must be considered together. All food is good and what works for someone else may not be best for you. I believe that what you eat can make a difference in how you feel and that each of us has the power to positively impact our own health.
I first knew I wanted to be a nutritionist when I experienced major improvements in my own health after changing my diet. It all started with a simple yet pivotal decision to go to the library. It’s true. I had just parked my car outside my house having come home from the doctor’s office. I walked away with a diagnosis of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS, and a very strong offer for medication that would mask my symptoms without addressing the root cause. So there I was, still in my car going over what little information I had when I decided I needed to know more. So I put the car in reverse.
Once I got to the library and searched for PCOS in the database, I was surprised to find out there were several whole books on the topic! So I checked them all out, read them all, and went back for more books on metabolic syndrome. I learned about how blood sugar regulation and insulin resistance work and how all that is related to my hormones. I learned about how the body processes carbohydrates. I read one sentence in one book questioning not only refined carbohydrates but grains as a whole (this was in 2009 before the internet exploded with specialty diets and diet blogs!). Then one day I noticed that I had clear skin and felt really good and thought back and realized I hadn’t had any grains the day before. So I went grain, starch, and refined-sugar free, lost 20lbs and started having regular cycles for the first time in my life.
My diet has evolved several times since then, and this was my first foray into connecting what I was eating with how my body was working. I was hooked and needed to learn more. When I found out about a master’s degree program in Nutrition and Integrative Health a couple years later, I went for it (all while working full-time and planning my wedding! That was a crazy busy time). Five years after that first trip to the library I earned my nutrition license and opened my practice to help other people learn more about how their bodies are working so they can experience the transformational power of food just like I did.
- I am a certified as a Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner (FNLP) through the Functional Nutrition Alliance
- I have completed post-graduate training in Functional Nutrition with renowned Functional Nutritionist Andrea Nakayama, delving deep into the digestive, immune, urinary, cardiovascular, endocrine, neurological, and reproductive systems.
- I am a licensed dietician-nutritionist (LDN) in the state of Maryland
- I am a Certified Nutrition Specialist® (CNS) practitioner
- I earned my Master's degree in Nutrition from Maryland University of Integrative Health
- Before all that I had a 5-year career in Human Resources for a government contracting firm in the Washington, DC area.
- I earned my bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia
The Certification Board of Nutrition Specialists (“CBNS”) owns the certification mark CERTIFIED NUTRITION SPECIALIST® in the United States, which it awards to individuals who successfully complete the initial and ongoing certification requirements established by the CBNS.