Hi, I’m Melissa.
I’m first and foremost a mom to a special girl, Elianna Grace who was born with Adam’s Oliver Syndrome, which is a mix of congenital heart disease issues and cutis aplasia. Her 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 really became front and center to me when she was born with health issues AND I felt like absolute crap postpartum. I realized that as “healthy” as I thought I was with diet and exercise may not have been as healthy as I could have been prior to getting pregnant– and may have made both hers and my experience a lot better had I cleaned up my lifestyle even more and gotten to the root cause of some issues I was masking prior to pregnancy.
This is where Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN) came into play. As an FDN-P, I’m able to run functional lab testing that takes a deep look at the actual function within the body in numerous ways, instead of just traditional bloodwork at the doctor’s office. So many people don’t “feel right” and are in disbelief when their doctors tell them everything is “fine” based on their bloodwork…I was one of these people prior to pregnancy and postpartum.
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. Thankfully during my transition to becoming a FDN-P I was able to run functional labs on myself, learning that my hormones were completely depleted, I was in an exhaustive state, I had several gut pathogens, severe leaky gut and numerous food sensitivities…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.
It also made me take a step back and realize that health is a much bigger, interconnected web than I previously thought. It’s easy to think that your hormones may be your only issue…or your digestive issues…or your liver and detoxing…or your skin problems…but ALL are likely interrelated and influencing one another. So, prior to this when I was just removing foods I was sensitive to, I was likely reducing my symptoms (digestive issues), but never actually fixing the ROOT of my issues (leaky gut & pathogens).You can continue to dabble with different supplements, treatments, and doctors to try and get relief, but you likely will never get to the root of the problem. That’s the beauty of functional lab testing- it actually allows us to look deeper and find correlations with issues that you may have never realized are related!
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)
Additional Trainings I Have Completed:
Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis Training
Advanced SIBO Training
Advanced Thyroid Analysis Training
DUTCH Advanced Practitioner Training
HTMA Expert Practitioner Training
Certificate Course in Environmental Health + Toxins
Dietary Supplement Specialist Certification
Who I Work With
I recognize that we are each in different seasons of life and our health and thus my approach won't be for everyone. As a practitioner, I have done extensive training to stop trying all the random things and actually hone in on your body and the root causes of your challenges from ALL aspects of your life and not just nutrition and exercise.
My offerings are crafted around a whole body, whole life approach.
You are tired of being told "everything is normal" by your doctors even though you don't feel fine
Want to avoid medication and a "pill for an ill" and learn how to heal your body from the inside out
Want clarity on how to eat for a healthy metabolism outside of weight loss
Are open to suggestions on the quality of the food you eat + the products you use in your home
Understand that true health costs money and you're willing to prioritize your health over other things in your budget
Want to learn more about low-toxin living and be confident in your buying choices
You are looking for a quick fix or short-term program
Your only goal or main goal is to lose weight
You are vegan or vegetarian and refuse to try a different approach
You won't change other aspects of your life- like cleaner water, air and products in your home
You aren't willing to cut back on your commitments to focus on your health
You aren't willing to financially invest in your health out of your own pocket (I don't take insurance)
Don't think toxins are that big of a deal in our world and aren't willing to learn how they are impacting your body.
Get on the Waitlist to Work Together in 2023!
I’m taking a break from new clients until early 2023. If you’d like to be the first to know when I’ll be taking on new clients again, get on the waitlist below.