Melissa is a holistic nutrition counselor, credentialed nationally as a Registered Dietitian and locally as a Texas State Licensed Dietitian, focusing on a whole-foods plant-based diet.
a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of
Texas at Arlington, and a Master of Science degree in Nutrition, with a focus on whole foods, at
Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington.
After completing her degree at Bastyr she then went on to complete a dietetic internship, approved by the
American Dietetic Association, at the University of Washington.
Clinical training sites included University of Washington Medical
Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance among others.
Before returning to her native Texas home, Melissa worked at the University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance,
both in Seattle Washington, where she gained extensive experience
working with cancer patients, especially breast and prostate cancer,
and leukemia. Melissa has been in
private practice since January 2006 focusing primarily on weight
management, Cancer prevention, Cancer treatment support, and Cancer
survivorship. Melissa also works with clients to prevent and reverse Heart disease and Diabetes using a plant-based diet.
In addition to her private practice in Austin, TX, Melissa is a Nutrition Clinical Monitor with the Department of State Health Services. She has experience teaching as an Adjunct instructor for Kaplan University and Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute, as well as experience as a Research Dietitian at The University of Texas at Austin. Melissa is a Certified PCRM Food For Life Cooking Class Instructor and provides online nutrition counseling services as a licensed provider for Real Living Nutrition Services®.
Melissa strongly believes our health is connected to the health of our
environment. Therefore, she practices and encourages sustainable
living. Eating local and organic food is beneficial for our planet and
our health. Melissa can guide you to healthful food choices that make
sense for you and the environment.