Melissa Mitri, MS, RDN
Melissa is our new CT Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics President effective June 1, 2021.
What inspired you to become a RDN?
I actually was initially a nursing major, but quickly realized it wasn’t for me.
I have always found the relationship between diet and health fascinating. I am a science nerd and love learning about the research, but also love working with people.
When I was introduced to the field of dietetics, I felt it was the perfect compliment for me to combine the science and also directly help people.
Where do you work now and where have you worked in the past?
I own my own business, Melissa Mitri Nutrition LLC. In my practice, I specialize in helping women lose weight in a sustainable way. I also am a freelance writer for health and wellness companies as well as professionals.
Prior to starting my own practice, I worked in several clinical roles in both hospitals and long-term care facilities. These experiences taught me a great deal on how to work with different types of patients and work as a team with my colleagues.
What is your favorite recipe/food?
How is food related to your culture?
I am half Italian and half Greek, so I come from a Mediterranean background. With that said, food is a big part of my culture and is thought of as something you should savor and enjoy with family.
General tip for improving diet?
Eat more plants.
If stranded on island-what one food or beverage you would want an unlimited supply of?
Pasta and wine!
What is the best part of your job?
The best part is I am able to help people lead healthier, better quality lives. Having my own practice also enables me to truly help people in the way that I feel is best, where I have the complete autonomy to do so.
Where do you want to see the RDN/NDTR profession in 10 years?
I would like to see us easily recognized by many as THE food and nutrition experts. I would like to see less confusion in what we do and have it be clear that we are the go-to expert for nutrition guidance.
I would also like to see more paid opportunities for non-traditional roles such as in marketing, freelance writing, and the media.
Anything else you would like to add?
Thank you for highlighting me in this member spotlight, and I can’t wait to see what other RDN’s/NDTR’s are doing in future months!