Meet Melanie A Functional Nutritional Therapist with An Extensive Culinary Background
My name is Melanie Alvarez and I’m a Holistic Nutritional Therapist. I originally studied Culinary Arts and worked in the restaurant industry for over a decade prior to obtaining my degree in Nutritional Science, so I’m essentially a “functional foodie.” I also studied developmental and abnormal psychology extensively, and I specialize in the gut-brain connection. This includes the psychology of eating: how what you eat affects how you feel, and visa-versa. It’s all connected! I pride myself in looking at the whole person, not just localized symptoms, and connecting puzzle pieces often considered to be unrelated.
Everyone has different goals and starting points. I meet my clients where they’re at and we build and grow from there, based on their individual needs. I strive to create a safe space for my clients to feel heard, validated, and supported. My job is to educate, guide, and empower the people I work with to make sustainable lifestyle shifts that improve their quality of life and their relationship with food. It brings me so much joy and satisfaction to know that I have helped someone change their life for the better.
Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from Meredith College
Studied Psychology at Meredith College
Studied Culinary Arts, Baking & Pastry Arts, and Hotel & Restaurant Management at Sandhills Community College and Wake Tech Community College
I’m always learning more through heavy research, experience, and colleagues specializing in other modalities
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”