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Melissa Dobbins

Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE


Melissa is The Guilt-Free RD® – “because food shouldn’t make you feel bad!” She is the CEO of Sound Bites® Inc., and promotes sound science, smart nutrition and good food. Melissa helps people digest food and nutrition information so they can make their own, well-informed decisions based on facts, not fear. As a certified diabetes educator for 20 years and a former supermarket dietitian, Melissa shares evidence-based information and realistic solutions to help people enjoy their food with health in mind.

As the host of the Sound Bites Podcast, Melissa explores the science, psychology and strategies behind good food and nutrition in conversations with her guests who are experts on a variety of topics ranging from farming to fad diets. The show was named one of “11 Podcasts You Need” by Cosmopolitan Magazine, one of the “Best RD-run Podcasts” by Today’s Dietitian Magazine, and one of “8 Podcasts Worth Listening To” by Diabetes Forecast Magazine.

Melissa lives in Chicago with her husband and son, and her daughter is a sophomore in college.  Melissa is an “accidental” triathlete and enjoys all kinds of dancing from ballet to ballroom. She has recently been learning the art of storytelling and can be seen at story slams in and around Chicago.