rittenhouse JMU

My name is Melissa Rittenhouse PhD, RD, CSSD. The RD stands for Registered Dietitian and CSSD means I am a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics.

I have been a Registered Dietitian, practicing sports nutrition since 2002. I also have a PhD in Exercise Physiology. My interest in nutrition and physical activity escalated as my desire to be a competitive marathoner grew. I have qualified and run in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials. That is 12 years of competing and training at the highest level, which could not have been achieved if I did not pay attention to every little piece of the puzzle, including nutrition, sleep, positive mental health, proper training and recovery. My dedication and passion have led me to a successful athletic and professional career.

I have a desire to help others learn what drives them and help them determine how to perform better and live a healthy well balanced life. I work with recreational and elite athletes, as well as non-athletes looking for a good quality of life.