About Dr. Melina

Dr. Melina is an internist and board certified physician nutrition specialist (one of only a several hundred practicing in the United States) and is the immediate past president of the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists. Trained as an internist, for the past 15 years she has specialized exclusively in nutrition for weight loss, disease prevention and treatment

A graduate of Tufts University and Tufts School of Medicine, she completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, a Stanford University teaching hospital. In 2005, Dr. Melina hosted a program on the Discovery Network’s FIT TV titled “Fit TV’s Diet Doctor” and served as the diet and fitness expert CNNHealth.com from 2008-2014 and remains a consultant.

Her first book, The No-Time-to-Lose-Diet, was released in January 2007 and the paperback version, The Busy Person’s Guide to Permanent Weight loss was released in May 2008. Her latest self-published book, The Calendar Diet – A month by month guide to losing weight while living your life, was released in March 2012 and her latest book, The Doctor on Demand Diet (Ghost Mountain Books, 2015) was released in November 2015.

Dr. Melina is frequent guest on popular TV shows including Live with Kelly, The Doctors, Dr. Oz. show, CNN, Hallmark Home & Family, and Fox News and Business Network and she has appeared on the Today show, Access Hollywood Live, The Talk, and numerous local television and radio stations including ABC, NBC, FOX, KGO radio and KRON-4 news.

She is highly sought after public speaker and consultant and she lectures and presents throughout the country on the topic of ‘food as medicine’ and nutrition for weight loss and optimal health. She has done hundreds of print interviews including USA Today, USA Weekend, Us World & News Report, New York Post, Family Circle, Prevention, WashingtonPost.com, Better Homes & Gardens, Glamour.com, Forbes.com, Ladies Home Journal, First for Women, Women’s World, Alternative Medicine Magazine, Women’s Health, Health, Clean Eating, Baby Talk, and more on nutrition and weight loss related topics.

Dr. Melina struggled with her weight as a teenager after a serious knee injury during puberty led to a 30 pound weight gain.  She continued to battle her weight through medical school and residency when long hours and extreme stress led to poor food choices and minimal exercise.   She became a weight loss specialist not only because of her to desire to help patients lose weight and get off (or not have to start) medications for diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, but also due to her own frustration with weight which she finally conquered a decade ago with a combination of meal replacements and clean eating (she always loved exercise so that was never the problem).

Dr. Melina lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two young sons and maintains a small weight management and nutrition practice. She uses all of the DietBox products to help her maintain her 'happy and healthy' weight.



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