Melissa McDonald is our Registered Dietitian and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition & Dietetics. She completed one of the most competitive Dietetic Internships in Illinois at Edward Hines, Jr., VA Hospital.
Melissa believes in taking a natural approach with nutrition for losing weight, healing the body, preventing chronic disease from developing and improving existing health conditions.
She has always been extremely passionate about health, nutrition and exercise for herself, as well as helping others engage in a healthy lifestyle. She was a competitive figure skater for over 10 years and learned the importance of proper nutrition to fuel your body for optimal performance and energy.
Melissa currently provides nutrition education and individualized meal planning to clients at a Chiropractor and Wellness Center and with Destination Fitness Clients. She uses an alternative medicine approach to clients with Food Allergies/Sensitivities, Digestive Issues, Food Cravings, Migraines, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Depression, etc. She customizes meal plans for clients based off of Food Sensitivity Blood Testing, HTMA (Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis) and Metabolic Typing.
She received additional experience as a Registered Dietitian at Life Time Fitness where she provided medical nutrition therapy for over 3 years. She worked primarily with weight loss clients, as well as individuals with high Cholesterol & Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, Sports Nutrition/Athletics, Pre/Post Natal, Eating Disorders. Etc.
Melissa enjoys keeping up to date with the latest nutrition research and frequently participates in continuing education lectures. She recently received a Certificate of Training In Adult Weight Management and is also studying to receive her NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) certification.
“I adore Melissa. I’m seeing really great results working with her. She has been a blessing to work with.” Chef Jill
Melissa writes: Two weeks into following her custom created meal plan, Chef Jill is doing great and losing weight and all her afternoon snacking cravings are totally gone since she’s been following a balanced plan! I’m so excited to see her continued progress!
Barb Stewart, licensed massage therapist and certified wellness coach, is the owner of IMB Therapeutics. Barb offers a variety of therapies, therapeutic products, workshops, and classes. Her therapy sessions are personalized for each visit, combining several techniques based on the parameters of that session.
For information, visit her website at www.imb.massagetherapy.com
Jane Fijak, Power Potential Coaching. As a Wellness Coach I am seeking permanent change for you, not an overnight fix that will reverse itself at some point. Using the Foundation of Wellness both as a tool through the coaching process and throughout your life will help to initiate lasting lifestyle behavior change not temporary adjustments.
For more information, visit her website at http://www.powerpotentialcoaching.com.
Smith Physical Therapy
We firmly believe that the therapist and the patient should decide the plan of care – not the insurance company. You shouldn’t have to go back to your activities without feeling ready. Nor should you have to wait for pain in order to seek knowledge on how to prevent it. We give you back your control and provide you the care you deserve with treatment plans customized around YOU.
"I had the pleasure of working with the amazing Physical Therapy Staff at Smith Physical Therapy in Crystal Lake. I can't say enough about my experience with the staff. From Jenee at the front desk to my Physical Therapist Ashley and owner Denise. I was treated with such care, kindness and guidance. They have an amazing way of helping you feel safe and comfortable. Below you will find a link to their clinic and website. I highly recommend them if you are ever in need of Physical Therapy or Running Therapy!" - In good health, Jill Lindberg, Owner, Destination Fitness
For information, visit their website at www.smithptrun.com