Melissa Joy Dobbins MS, RDN, CDE


Melissa is an award winning, nationally recognized food and nutrition expert, certified diabetes educator, media trainer, spokesperson, speaker, blogger and podcaster with more than 20 years’ experience and a proven track record of providing real solutions for real people so they can enjoy their food with health in mind.

People are hungrier than ever for realistic options that empower them to make healthier choices, while bringing back the enjoyment of food. Through her podcast interviews, social media outreach, and TV segments, Melissa helps people digest food and nutrition information so they can make their own, well-informed decisions based on facts, not fear. As a certified diabetes educator for 20 years and a former supermarket dietitian, Melissa shares evidence-based information and realistic solutions to help people enjoy their food with health in mind. Her Do M.O.R.E. with Dinner initiative delves into the daily dilemma of dinnertime and provides inspiration to “Make Ordinary Rituals Extraordinary.”

Melissa has extensive media experience as a spokesperson for the food, grocery and healthcare industries, and received the 2016 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Media Excellence Award. She specializes in training other health professionals on media, social media and presentation skills. Her trainings have a particular emphasis on creating and delivering compelling science-based messages that engage and empower audiences.

As the host of the popular Sound Bites Podcast, Melissa explores the science, psychology and strategies behind good food and nutrition in conversations with her guests who are experts on a variety of topics ranging from agriculture to diabetes to behavioral economics.

Melissa lives in Chicago with her husband and son, and her daughter is a college freshman. Melissa enjoys weight lifting and all kinds of dancing from ballet to ballroom.



Raised in northern and central Illinois, Melissa first became interested in nutrition when she was studying ballet at the National Academy of Arts high school in Champaign-Urbana. It was there that she saw firsthand how unhealthy habits could be detrimental to health and how susceptible we can be to fad diets and misinformation. Melissa went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutrition from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Science degree in Nutrition Education from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Melissa’s background includes:

  • nearly a decade of hospital-based counseling and community programs

  • more than 15 years of extensive media experience

  • launching the first consumer nutrition education program and serving as the retail dietitian for a major supermarket chain

  • eight years as communications manager for the dairy council

  • being published in the “Journal of Nutrition Education” and “The ADA Manual of Clinical Dietetics”

  • writing patient and consumer educational materials, internet articles, book reviews, radio scripts, blogs and more

  • health professional outreach, education and training

  • teaching undergraduate and graduate level nutrition courses

  • nutrition research

  • mentoring dietitians

  • volunteering in local and national nutrition organizations


Melissa and her family after receiving the Media Excellence Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Melissa and her family after receiving the Media Excellence Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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Areas Of Expertise

  • Diabetes

  • Food Safety & Technology

  • Weight Management

  • Maternal & Child Nutrition

  • Supermarket Strategies

  • Lactose Intolerance

Degrees & Certifications

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

  • Licensed in Illinois

  • Bachelor's degree in Food and Nutrition

  • Master's degree in Nutrition Education

  • Certified Diabetes Educator

  • Completed CDR Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management

  • Completed CDR Certificate of Training in Child & Adolescent Weight Management

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