My name is Melissa A. Mathes, I am an expert in sports nutrition counseling and medical nutrition therapy. I have counseled athletes and patients with medical nutrition therapy needs for the last 20 years.
My accomplishments include; published articles in the local OC Parents magazine, and provide a monthly sports nutrition and nutrition articles for Team Velosport/RideBiker Alliance Club (900+ members) from Rock and Road Cyclery, Laguna Orthopedic Rehabilitation clinic, a local triathlon club called Trilavie as well as WeROCK (running group for adolescents). I attend the local Road Runners Adventure Run and attend my Total Nutrition Counseling booth to educate the participants. I am on the board of directors for the Noble Path Foundation (a public awareness group to educate our local youth on healthy eating/lifestyle). I have authored a weight management section for athletes in my professional association’s peer online resource called, Sports Nutrition Care Manual for registered dietitian professionals (RD’s), through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly the American Dietetic Association. I present sports nutrition information to many different athletic groups and teams in the South Orange county area. My educational background entails; a Master degree in Public Health (2010) from Loma Linda University, a Certification Specialization in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) in June 2010. I received my bachelors of science in nutritional science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (1995) and interned at University of Nevada Reno with an RD in 1997.
The CSSD certification I hold is highly regarded by the United States Olympic Committee and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Additionally, I have a level II certificate in Obesity and Weight Management. I specialize in sports nutrition for all ages and sport, in conjunction with medical nutrition therapy counseling, including; weight loss, weight gain, pediatrics-geriatrics (stage of life nutrition), food preferences (vegan, gluten free, etc.) and diseases like: cardiovascular, diabetes, gastrointestinal (e.g., Crohn’s disease, Colitis, Celiac), renal, liver, neurological disorders (e.g., multiple scoliosis, Parkinson’s), immunological conditions, (e.g., Lupus, HIV/AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis).
I am a member of several dietetic practice groups, including: Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN), Pediatric Nutrition, Weight Management, Dietitians in Integrative Functional Medicine, Health and Environmental Nutrition and Nutrition Entrepreneurs group. Locally I, participate in the Orange County District Dietetic Association, and the California Dietetic Association.
When I am not working, I can be found spending time with my husband, three children and adorable dog. My favorite athletic hobbies are; mountain biking, cycling, surfing, running stairs, and kettle bells/strength training.
Melissa A. Mathes, MPH, RD, CSSD
Masters of Public Health
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics
Certification in Obesity and Weight Management Level II