I am Melissa
Touched by chronic illness throughout the last several decades, our family struggled to find the guidance we needed to get back to optimal health. Getting a diagnosis was bittersweet; an answer to what was going on, but now what?
With medical diagnoses and no detailed guidance from the medical community, I set out to better educate myself. I started to read reputable articles about how to live a better life in spite of chronic illnesses. I quickly learned that there is not a one size fits all treatment for almost any illness; the answer is almost always complicated.
After getting our family back to better health, I realized I had a passion for helping others feel better. In order to help others, I decided to go back to school and become a nutritionist and get additional certifications in diet and nutrition, gluten free living, gut-brain health, IBS management, low FODMAP lifestyle, and focus on digestive disorders.
In addition to my certifications, I have personal experience in celiac disease, polycystic kidney disease (PKD), dysautonomia (POTS), Lyme disease, mast cell activation disorder (MCAD), hypermobile type Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS), small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), food allergies, food sensitivities, and vitamin deficiencies.
I enjoy reading nutritional research and furthering my education in the nutrition field, as well as collaborating with other professionals, including medical providers, app developers, food producers, certification directors, et al.
It is my passion to help guide and provide resources and tools to those in need of healing and those wanting to enjoy life again!
Disclosure: I am not a medical doctor and I cannot diagnose anyone or offer medical treatments.
Volunteering is important to me and I enjoy working with various organizations to bring awareness and options to those that need it most:
I am an Education and Wellness Consultant with the Dysautonomia Support Network.
I am an ambassador for the PKD Foundation (Polycystic Kidney Disease).
I am an ambassador for Beyond Celiac.
I collaborate with businesses that bring resources to those struggling with chronic illness, such as FIG app developers (Food Is Good), Food Belly, Partner in Lyme, and more.
Nutritionist certificate number: UC-2c18eb21-f74c-4282-bd08-dcf79bec79b9
Fully accredited by CTAA
What is a functional nutritionist? Any practitioner that is known as a functional healthcare provider is one that has been educated, certified, and trained in how to treat the patient/client as a whole. This practice considers the whole picture of one physically, mentally, and emotionally.
~ Functional Nutritionist ~
diet and nutrition
low FODMAP diet
trained in tick-borne illness protocol