Melissa graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, in 2015 where she studied a variety of  innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories; everything from Ayurveda, gluten-free, and Paleo, to raw, vegan, and macrobiotics, and everything in between. 

She studied with the world's top health and wellness experts including: 

  • Joshua Rosenthal, MScEd: founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
  • Deepak Chopra, MD: World Leader in Mind-Body Medicine, Director of Education at The Chopra Center, Bestselling Author
  • David Katz, MD, MPH: Authority on Preventive Medicine and Weight Management, Director of the Yale Prevention Research Center
  • Walter Willett, MD, DrPH: Chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard’s School of Public Health and Bestselling Author
  • Andrew Weil, MD: Bestselling Author and Expert on Integrative Medicine and Mind-Body Interactions
  • Gabrielle Bernstein: Motivational Speaker, Life Coach, Bestselling Author
  • Susan Blum, MD, MPH: Functional Medicine Doctor, Founder of Blum Center for Health
  • Mark Hyman, MD: Founder and Medical Director of The UltraWellness Center, Bestselling Author
  • Geneen Roth: Pioneer of Emotional Eating and Empowerment, Bestselling Author
  • David Wolfe: recognized Expert and Bestselling Author on Superfoods and Raw Nutrition
  • Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH: Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University


A lover of music, movement and being outdoors, Melissa enjoys spending time with family, friends and her beloved pup, Puma!  A seeker of knowledge and inspiration, she enjoys reading and is devoted to studying and practicing yoga.  "I am continually humbled and grateful for yoga in my life; I can't imagine where I'd be without the healing, grounding and self-awareness it has brought to me... and the community of amazing people that I've been honored to encounter and know, never cease to fill my heart and inspire me!"

Melissa graduated with a BS in Marketing from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009.  While an undergrad she danced with the Latin Ballet of Virginia and taught in the LBV school of dance. Aside from her formal education most of her experience is in the performing arts. Her ballet training began at the age of 10 in Oregon, and by the age of 16 she was a principal dancer with the Rainbow Dance Theatre in Monmouth, Oregon.


200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training

April 2017

Sukha Yoga, Austin, Texas

Director: Erinn Lewis 

Super Sequencing: 50-Hour Advanced Training  

April 2014

Lotus Flow University, New York, New York

 Director: Dana Flynn

CPYB Teacher Training 

 August 2009

Teaching Syllabus©, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Director: Marcia Dale Weary

200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training

June 2007

Yoga Source, Richmond, Virginia                   

Directors: Jennifer Elliot and Sandra Pleasants