About: Originally from NH, made my way to NYC January 2005 and have been here since. A marathoner, spinning instructor and lover of yoga, exercise clears my mind and keeps me centered. On my free time I enjoy blogging, cooking and discovering new restaurants in the city. Currently working as a Bariatric Dietitian at Montefiore Medical Center, but worked for 7 years as an Oncology and Surgery within Montefiore.

Favorite food: Korean Barbeque

Favorite way to exercise: Running in Central Park with an amazing playlist or Bikram Yoga Upper East side, Lower East side or SoHo

Specialties: Certified in Weight Management and Certified Oncology Dietitian

#1 healthy eating tip: Always give yourself less than what you think you should have.

Nutrition pet peeve: When people don’t eat past 6pm because they heard they shouldn’t on Dr. Oz.

If you’d like to work with Melissa or one of our nutrition coaches, get started by signing up on website www.rise.us/r/MELISSARIFKIN and get your first week free!