Melissa Rifkin



Melissa is a registered dietitian living and working in NYC for over a decade. While she is a dietitian by profession, Melissa believes that being healthy does not just mean from a dietary perspective. To her, health encompasses eating nutritious foods, exercising, and balancing mental well-being. Melissa encourages small, attainable, and practical goals to help her clients achieve a balance in all 3 areas. She wants her clients to enjoy the process of change, and to like the foods and exercise they incorporate into their lives.

Melissa has established a lifestyle for herself that is a great example of what she strives for in each and every one of her clients. She practices with the belief that your body is a sanctuary; nourish yourself properly and you will reap the benefits. Melissa get results and she pushes her clients to achieve their goals. Her clients become her friends; she believes in having an open relationship, which creates a honest approach from both ends, giving clients the ability to express themselves openly, while also having fun working towards their goals.

“Melissa’s coaching style and non-judgmental attitude helped me overcome fears and assumptions I had regarding weight loss, healthy eating, and exercise (especially running), so that I could achieve my goals. Most importantly Melissa taught me how to make sustainable lifestyle changes and choices that allow me to manage my weight without ever feeling like I’m being deprived of something. Having Melissa’s expert guidance and support has made all of the difference for me, I’ve truly never been healthier or happier, and I never would have gotten here without her coaching me every step of the way!” ~ Tara

She completed her Bachelor’s degree in dietetics at UCONN, her rigorous dietetic internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital, and her Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition at New York University.

She has been working at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx for the past 10 years. She spent 7 years working in Oncology and Surgery, and over the last 3 years she has been working in Bariatrics. She holds certifications in both Weight Management and Oncology, and is also currently working on becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator. 

In addition, Melissa is a nutrition coach on RISE, a weight loss application where she helps clients meet goals via pictures of foods taken and through providing tips. She also manages the social media platform handle on Instagram for RISE (@letsrise). In her free time, Melissa loves to cook and can offer healthy yet fun recipes to help her clients achieve their goals, many of which she shares on her blog and Instagram. She fully understands the Kosher Diet should any client maintain Kosher restrictions.


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