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I'm Dr. Melissa
It’s time to rediscover your healthiest, most vibrant self!
My mission is to help you optimize and transform your health by healing from the inside out using whole foods, restorative lifestyle strategies, and functional medicine solutions.
I will help you move past the fear, doubt, and overwhelm of ever getting better and unlock your body’s innate ability to heal and repair giving you better health and more time to be the powerful, creative being you are.
As a Graves' disease and Hashimoto's warrior, I know firsthand what it feels like to be overwhelmed by symptoms of irritability, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, digestive and hormonal issues, weight loss and weight gain, brain fog, poor mental clarity, difficulty concentrating, and feeling fatigued. I also know firsthand that there is a whole-body, biology-based approach to wellness that allows you to heal, recover, and even reverse chronic illness and dis-ease within the body.
My practice is focused on taking a deep dive into the root causes holding your body’s biology back from achieving optimal health. Together we create a unique customized action plan designed to give your body and mind what it needs to maximize and what it needs to minimize to positively transform your wellbeing. This functional approach to wellness will help restore balance to your physiology and biochemistry and make you more resilient even in the face of challenges.
We will accomplish this by addressing and resolving issues around functional nutrition, lifestyle, environment, natural ways of healing, supplementation, and functional medicine solutions so you can bring about optimal wellness in your body and mind, giving you your energy and vitality back.
I believe deeply in the healing power of food. I know that the food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison. The secret is learning which foods provide you with therapeutic value and which ones hurt your body. I can help you explore how food can be used to optimize your health, how to create nutritiously delicious meal plans, and enhance your culinary skills while falling in love with cooking.
As a person who has a genetic predisposition towards autoimmunity, I have learned that our genes do not have to be our destiny and that we can influence how they are expressed through not only our nutrition but also our lifestyle and environmental choices.
When you work with me, we will navigate ways you can achieve lifelong wellness by building sustainable lifestyle strategies that work for you. We will individualize a step-by-step lifestyle approach that targets the fundamental keys to health.
My goal is to work from a place of trust, education, inspiration, and empowerment so that you can take control of your health step-by-step and learn how to sustainably make choices that build your wellness so you can achieve optimal health.
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In health and wholeness,
Dr. Melissa de Brito, PharmD
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Melissa De Brito, PharmD
Dr. Melissa De Brito, PharmD, is a pharmacist, functional medicine health consultant, health coach, culinary nutrition expert, and toxin-free living advocate.
Dr. Melissa received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 2011. She has completed pharmacy residency training and has worked as a clinical pharmacist in the hospital setting. Dr. Melissa has additional certification training in functional medicine, culinary nutrition, and restorative wellness with ongoing lifelong education in these areas as well.
She gravitated towards a functional, whole-person approach to wellness using a nutrient-dense diet coupled with sustainable lifestyle changes and functional medicine solutions after struggling with her own autoimmune thyroid condition of both Graves’ disease and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. She has turned her passion for culinary nutrition and functional medicine to educating and empowering others to take control of their health by unlocking the body’s healing potential and addressing the root cause of their underlying health challenges.
Education and Certifications
Doctor of Pharmacy, Pharmacist, University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy
Bachelors of Science in Chemistry, Austin Peay State University
Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice, The Institute for Functional Medicine
Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, BCPS (2013-2021)
Applied Functional Medicine for Coaching Level 1 & 2 Certification, The School of Applied Functional Medicine
Certified Culinary Nutrition Expert with Honors, The Academy of Culinary Nutrition
Restorative Wellness Practitioner (RWP-2), Mastering the Art and Science of Gastrointestinal Healing, Mastering the Art and Science of Optimizing Hormones, Restorative Wellness Solutions