the DIETITIAN

Are you ready to start balancing your hormones naturally so you can feel your best?

the DIETITIAN

Are you ready to start balancing your hormones naturally so you can feel your best?

Hi, I’m Melissa.

Are you struggling with the symptoms of PCOS, endometriosis, infertility, or other hormone imbalances, but just don’t have time to research evidence-based recommendations for yourself? 

Or maybe you’re confused by all the conflicting information out there? Or don’t know who to trust?

Good news… I can help!

I created Avocado Grove Nutrition & Wellness to offer a different approach to health and wellness. I use an integrative functional medicine food-first approach to get to the root causes of your symptoms and address the underlying issues, instead of merely treating your symptoms.

With personalized nutrition and lifestyle recommendations, ​you can regain normal, symptom-free menstrual cycles and get pregnant naturally — without medications or giving up any of your favorite foods.

About Melissa Groves Azzaro, RDN, LD

My mission is to help women live healthy and symptom-free lives using whole-foods nutrition and lifestyle changes to overcome hormone imbalances during the childbearing years, perimenopause, and beyond. I use a functional medicine approach to figure out the root causes of your symptoms, and together, we develop a personalized plan to get you feeling better and living your best life.

I spent the first 15 years of my career working as a copywriter in New York City medical advertising—so, believe me when I tell you that I understand the challenges of incorporating healthy habits into a busy lifestyle.

I totally burned out on the high-stress NYC advertising lifestyle (not to mention shilling big pharma for the man), so I went back to school to become a registered dietitian so I could help other women learn how to put their health first. 

I still write some — I have been featured in national magazines including ShapeReader’s Digest, and U.S. News and World Report. I also am a contributing author for Healthline.  

In true New York fashion, with me, what you see is what you get. I tell it like it is and lay out the facts for you so that you can make the best decisions about your health. 

I live in Portsmouth with my husband and our 4 cats. I love shopping at the Farmers’ Market, hiking in the White Mountains, and breathing ocean air whenever possible. I still wear all black most of the time, drink my daily coffee black, and try to refrain from swearing (hey, once a New Yorker, always a New Yorker). 

I see clients in my office in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, or virtually from the comfort of your own home.

I am the only licensed nutrition professional in the Seacoast area specializing in PCOS & fertility nutrition.

The Avocado Grove Nutrition & Wellness Philosophy

  • I believe in combining a holistic approach to wellness with evidence-based medicine.

  • I believe food truly is medicine. And all the supplements in the world ain’t gonna heal an unhealthy lifestyle. 

  • I believe in a personalized approach to nutrition—no one-size-fits-all meal plans here!

  • I believe in a non-diet, health at every size approach—we focus on healthy behaviors, not restrictions. This is a judgment-free zone. A healthy weight can only be attained and maintained when the body’s hormone systems are in balance. 

  • I believe in empowering women to take their health into their own hands—I’m here to guide you, not tell you what to do.

  • I believe that by specializing exclusively in women’s health and wellness issues, I am giving you the absolute best care you could receive (would you see a general surgeon for brain surgery?)

  • I believe that only credentialed, licensed professionals should be able to give you advice on nutrition. Yes, I’m a capable and certified health coach as well, but I also am legally able to order and interpret labs, make personalized nutrition and supplement recommendations, and have the years of scientific education required to be able to do so.

Education

B.S. Nutrition/Dietetics, The University of New Hampshire (2016)

Dietetic Internship, The University of New Hampshire (2017)

B.A. English and Dance, Hofstra University (1998)

Holistic Health Counselor Certification, Institute for Integrative Nutrition (2000)

AND/DIFM Certificate of Training in Integrative and Functional Nutrition (pending)

Professional Affiliations

Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Dietetic Practice Group – Social Media Chair (2018–2020)

New Hampshire Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – Chair, Professional Development Committee (2018–2020)

Women’s Health Dietetic Practice Group – Member

Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group – Member

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – Member

Licensure & Registration

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) – The Commission on Dietetic Registration

Licensed Dietitian (LD) – New Hampshire

Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN) – Massachusetts

Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN) – Maine

Awards

Women’s Health Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – Emerging Professional in Women’s Health (2019)

Foodminds UpwaRD(TM) Award Winner (2019)

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