My name is Melissa. I am a Nutritionist specializing in the area of Functional Medicine and Alternative Allergy Therapy.
My journey started in 2010 when I was in school for Dietetics and Nutrition and was sorely disappointed to realize my program was not teaching me about preventative nutrition — I was being taught hospital nutrition.
In 2014 I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Florida International University, all the while working in a private Functional Medicine practice and learning more about the prevention of disease than I had learned in my entire Dietetics program.
I went on to receive my Master’s degree in Human Nutrition & Functional Medicine from the University of Western States in 2020. And in 2020 I became certified in the technique of NAET, which is an alternative, scientifically validated way to reduce allergies. I have 10+ years of experience in a private Functional Medicine practice setting since 2011.
Currently, I am acquiring my doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and will be a Physician by 2025.
On a daily basis, I meet people that are trying to do their best to stay healthy but are missing a piece of their health puzzle.
Many times these are the same people who are not getting the help they need from their physician and are seeking more answers. Functional Medicine recognizes that everyone has a unique bio-individuality and should receive a personalized approach to their treatment. I am a master in blood work analysis, GI Maps Stool Tests, DUTCH hormone test, Organic Acid Test, Mycotoxin Test, and even use Muscle Response Testing to give an extremely personalized approach to my clients. I compare the client’s test results to the optimally healthy lab values to see where they fall on that spectrum and how they can make an improvement.
Functional Medicine looks at the whole person and aims to find the root cause of illnesses as opposed to just treating the symptoms with medication.
I truly enjoy helping people learn how to heal themselves. The end result is seeing a person be able to restore their life and that is one of the things I was put on this Earth to do.
Happy, Healthy Vibes