Hi, I’m Melissa.
I’m first and foremost a mom to a special girl, Elianna Grace who was born with several defects, including congenital heart defects and cutis aplasia, and an amazingly sweet boy, Wyatt James, who dealt with horrible eczema and was the key to me diving deeper into root cause work like mold, mycotoxins and Lyme Disease.
Ellie’s special health needs are why I ultimately pivoted my coaching practice to become very personalized using functional lab testing. Prior to becoming a mom, I had been health coaching and teaching fitness classes for over 7 years, but was always a bit frustrated that things that worked great for one client had zero effect on another.
It seemed that our “generic wellness advice” of the moment was just that…of this moment and didn’t last for long.
Through the years, I’ve seen clients try (and have tried personally!) low-carb, intermittent fasting, vegetarian/vegan, macro counting, HIIT exercise, low-impact exercise, low-fat diets….you name it! I got to the point where I wanted to SPECIFICALLY help each person as an individual, but didn’t know how to truly get a look inside their bodies to do so.
This all really hit home for me when I got pregnant and had my daughter. Prior to given my career I thought I “knew it all” for what it took to be healthy and have a healthy pregnancy. Fast forward and she as born with health issues and I was left completed depleted hormonally + energetically in postpartum, I realized that as “healthy” as I thought I was with diet and exercise, I was actually missing some key puzzle pieces prior to getting pregnant…and that things could have been better had I gotten to the root cause before conceiving.
Then, a few years later when my son was born with crazy eczema despite the lifestyle we lead, I realized the important of ENVIRONMENTAL ROOT CAUSES like mold, Lyme, parasites, etc. can have even if you have done the work to balance your hormones and live an overall cleaner life.
So many of us don’t feel “right” and are in disbelief when doctors tell us everything is “fine” based on our bloodwork.
I was one of those people. I pushed myself for many years working high-stress jobs in an over-scheduled life and eventually started to feel the toll it had taken on my body. I went to a doctor and ran labs that came back “normal”- yet I still felt like crap.
This is where Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN) came into play. As an FDN-P, I analyze functional lab testing that take a deep look at the actual function within the body in numerous ways, instead of just traditional bloodwork at the doctor’s office that tells you you’re “normal” even though you know you’re not.
For myself, THIS was the missing puzzle piece. Despite my functional doc telling me that my labs were fine, my FDN review showed me:
My hormones were non-existent, I was in an exhaustive state, I had several gut pathogens, severe leaky gut and in dire need of mineral balancing…and this is coming from someone who has been very health conscious for years! This was a huge wakeup call in realizing that what may be healthy for someone else may actually be poisonous for my body.
I had to take a step back and realize that health is a MUCH bigger, interconnected web than I previously thought.
Because of my own experience and the frustration so many of my clients have shared over the years, I am so thankful to be able to now provide such personalized testing and lifestyle recommendations that I can confidently say will change your life. I honestly believe that I was put on this earth to navigate the health challenges I have so that I could be equipped to help others on their own journey.
I am down-to-earth and realistic- I know that Rome wasn’t built in a day and that change is hard, but it can be done and it is SO worth it! I would be honored to help you solve your health problems and optimize your health so you can be fully present in your life for your work and those you love.
My Education + Credentials
Master’s Degree (Louisiana State University), Kinesiology
Bachelor’s Degree (University of Michigan), Kinesiology/Movement Science
AADP Board Certified Holistic Health Coach
Certified Nutritional Consultant
Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner
NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Registered Yoga Instructor (RYT-200)
Certified Group Fitness Instructor (AFAA)
Trainings I Have Completed:
Functional Blood Chemistry Training (FDN)
MBCE Blood Chemistry Training
HTMA Expert Practitioner Training
Certificate Course in Environmental Health + Toxins (Lara Adler)
Pure Water Course Talking Toxins Course (Lara Adler)
Talking Toxins Course (Lara Adler)
DUTCH Advanced Practitioner Training
Dr. Tilden’s 6 Lifestyle Factors for Fertility Course
Dietary Supplement Specialist Certification
Advanced Thyroid Training (FDN)
Advanced SIBO Training (FDN)
Training In Progress:
Mineral Mastery (HTMA)
Bioenergetic Training (CBH)
Mold-Literate Certification (Dr. Jill Crista)
Mold in Kids (Dr. Jill Crista)
Fertility Awareness Course (Fertility Friday)