Melissa R. Brannon
MS, RDN, CSSD, LD/N
My love for nutrition began as a teenager, with my own struggles with weight in high school. A nerd to my core, I began to research healthy eating and exercise, and this began a journey of making peace with food and learning to love and respect the body that God gave me, that continued through college and into early adulthood.
I was originally a vocal performance major at Florida State University, but quickly realized that while I love music, I really am wired to serve others. I graduated in 2003 with a B.S. in both dietetics and exercise science and went on to pursue a double master’s degree in both clinical and sports nutrition.
I’ve now been a dietitian for almost 15 years, serving in hospital settings, outpatient clinics and wellness settings. Most of my experience has been working with the military and I’ve had the pleasure of serving all branches, both locally at Eglin Air Force Base and also at the United States Naval Academy.
I truly love being a dietitian! All of the experiences I’ve had both professionally and personally have shaped me into someone who treats patients with respect, dignity and empathy. I have a very patient-centered approach and consider my patients as equal partners in their care.
In my spare time, as a native Floridian, I love to do almost anything outdoors, running, biking, going to the beach, and walking my dog, Ranger. I also love to cook, watch old movies, go out to dinner with friends and browse through antique stores and farmer’s markets. I also love to serve on short-term mission trips and so far have been to Haiti, Guatemala, Cuba and Uganda. While I have lived out of state, the Emerald Coast, will always be home to me.