Melissa was working in the art world when she realized she craved a career change. At first, she considered pursuing social work, given her love for working one-on-one with people. While searching for programs, she stumbled upon the Clinical Nutrition program at NYU, and the lightbulb went on. She found the career path encompassing her two great passions: food and counseling. Fifteen years later, Melissa still feels the same spark when helping people better understand their bodies, navigate health obstacles, and brainstorm fun, new recipe ideas. Before joining the Culina Health team, Melissa worked in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, most recently using her extensive diabetes knowledge to improve her patient’s outcomes through nutrition and lifestyle modifications at NYU Langone.
Collaborative and patient-centered, with a strong emphasis on lasting behavior change. Melissa offers a supportive environment where her patients learn how to manage their diabetes or heart disease in a sustainable, personalized way focused on incremental changes.
In her spare time, Melissa enjoys cooking and baking, listening to music, reading great books that transport her to another place, and having impromptu dance parties with her daughter.
Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition, New York University
New York University &
New York Methodist Hospital
Training & Certification:
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics &
Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES)