Melissa Knudson, R.D.

25 years experience in nutrition education and counseling, specializing in:

Nutrition therapy for adult and adolescent eating disorders:

Due to the complex nature of eating disorder therapy, I recommend that new clients be working with a physician and a therapist to provide a full treatment team approach.

For adolescents, I prefer using a family based approach, which involves viewing nutrition as medicine and the first line of treatment for a sick child.  Parents are given tools and strategies for providing the medicine (food) to their child in the early stages of treatment.  As medical and nutritional markers improve, the child/teen can begin individual nutrition therapy to aid with the transition back into independent eating.   

For adults, I will provide accurate nutrition information and planning tools, with an amount of structure that is appropriate for each individual case.  I offer support, encouragement, and a clear professional understanding of the role of nutrition therapy in eating disorder recovery.

Innovative alternatives to traditional weight loss diets: 

Based upon the work of Ellyn Satter, M.S., R.D., Evelyn Tribole, M.S., R.D., and Elyse Resch, M.S., R.D. I enjoy working with people who have weight concerns and a history of chronic dieting.  This process involves starting with a clean slate, letting go of old dieting beliefs and behaviors, and re-learning how to eat in a mindful, internally directed manner.  Success is directly correlated with the individual’s ability to accept permission to eat adequately and with a commitment to regularity of meals and planned snacks.  Old rules of “good food, bad food” are dismissed, and replaced with a focus on eating for enjoyment as well as good health and well-being.

Parent and family counseling for raising healthy eaters:

Also based upon the work of Ellyn Satter, M.S., R.D., these sessions offer concrete suggestions to parents who have concerns about their child’s weight and/or variety of food selection.  Specific strategies are offered to support raising children to be internally directed eaters, maintaining the enjoyment of food, but in a structured, reliable and consistent household where eating is just one of many pleasurable activities of the day

Nutrition therapy for women with polycystic ovary syndrome/fertility concerns:

Women with PCOS often have difficulty maintaining a healthy blood sugar/insulin level, which may result in weight instability.  I address these concerns with a blend of intuitive eating and nutrition support and strategies for improving insulin sensitivity with the goal of supporting normal ovulation through dietary means.

Fueling an active lifestyle; general wellness through nutrition: 

These sessions are geared to the person who does not have a dieting history, but simply wants to feel better, have more energy, and fuel their body properly through food and nutrition rather than with supplements and diet food.

Workshops and seminars for health professionals, educators, parents groups, and student athletes:  I have extensive experience with providing quality presentations on the subjects of nutrition and eating disorders, childhood weight concerns, and nutrition for student athletes.

Education:

Bachelor of Science, Dietetics, Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI

Community Nutrition Internship, Michigan Department of Public Health, Lansing, MI

Graduate level coursework, Counseling, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Additional Training:

The Diagnosis, Assessment and Treatment of Eating Disorders:  A Multidimensional Approach; 10 week graduate level course; Amy Baker Dennis, Ph.D.; Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Treatment of Comorbid & Chronically Eating Disordered Patients; 10 week graduate level course; Amy Baker Dennis, Ph.D.; Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome:  The Perfect Endocrine Storm; Monika Woolsey, M.S., R.D. After The Diet intensive training, Columbus, OH.

Treating the Dieting Casualty; Ellyn Satter, M.S., R.D.; Intensive training; Madison, WI

Professional Affiliations:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Michigan Dietetics Association

Nutrition Entrepreneurs of Michigan

Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Dietetics Practice Group

Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetics Practice Group

National Eating Disorder Association

International Academy of Eating Disorders

Northern Michigan Connection:

I currently also offer the above nutrition services on a part time basis in Petoskey, Michigan.  Please contact me directly if you would like more information about this new office and counseling opportunity.  113 Howard Street, Petoskey, MI  49770.  231-348-6454.