Meet the FITteam



Certified Personal Trainer & Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

Melissa is a fitness and wellness expert who spent much of her early years as a ballerina. She danced with the Joffrey Ballet at the Kennedy Center and has also appeared on film, t.v., and off-Broadway. As a natural evolution from dance, Melissa began her yoga practice in 2005. She found that yoga was beneficial to her dancing because it lengthens the muscles, provides greater flexibility, and increases energy to the core.  Melissa has over 14 years experience as a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (National Academy of Sports Medicine).  She received her undergraduate degree in Theatre & Dance from the University of Maryland, College Park.  Melissa incorporates her love for dance and yoga with her signature blend of resistance, strength training, stability, balance, cardiovascular conditioning, flexibility, and core exercises into a fun, upbeat, and unique training style. 

Melissa has worked as a private in-home trainer in New York City and the Washington, DC metro Area.  Melissa has appeared in various commercials and magazines including: Sports Illustrated, GQ, Men’s Health, Yoga Journal and Runner’s World.  Recently, She appeared on NBC4 News interviewed by Doreen Gentzler for a segment about nutrition.  

Melissa is also a Board Certified Holistic Nutrition Health Coach registered through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.  She is a graduate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  Melissa’s holistic approach to total wellness comes from a balance of fitness and nutrition.  Melissa's mission is to inspire, educate, and build a connection between quality food and a quality life!!  Melissa is a proud mama of three who specializes in prenatal fitness and postnatal recovery. 




Certified Personal Trainer

Liz met founder Melissa on the first day of college at the University of Maryland, College Park where they were both Theatre Performance majors. They shared not only a love for performing, but fitness and nutrition too!  Like Melissa, Liz has over 14 years experience as a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (National Academy of Sports Medicine).  She has worked as a private in-home trainer in Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington DC metro area. 

Liz loves to keep her workouts interesting and fun.  She believes that many people get "burnt out" or "fall off the exercise/diet wagon" because of repetition, boredom, and just not knowing what the best fitness or diet plan is for their bodies.  Using CORE work as a foundation for all of her work-outs, she is particularly good at working on strength and cardio in a fun and engaging way.  As an avid runner herself, she also specializes in helping people train for races.  She might even get out there and run with you!  Liz lives with her husband, son and two rescue dogs, Romeo and Lily, in MD. 



Executive Chef & Culinary Director 

Dara is FITtrition's Executive Chef and Culinary Director and the founder of Tastes Like More Culinary Services.  While working in her first career in Media and Public Relations (with an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland), Dara completed her degree in culinary arts from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City.  Dara's clientel range from professional athletes and television broadcasters to music moguls, families with young children, and those looking to improve their overall wellness and lifestyle through food and nutrition.  Her favorite people to cook for are those who want to eat more wholesome, carefully curated, goo-for-them-food at home.  Her food philosophy is very simple: The best seasonal ingredients, gathered and handled with care and properly prepared to nourish people's bodies and taste buds!  Read more about Dara's work.