"I aspire to live a healthy, balanced life and support others to do the same. In pursuit of this vision, I have investigated a wide array of practices in health and medicine, considered their strengths and limitations, and evaluated what works for who and why. I am a skeptic and optimizer and therefore, like this challenge. If asked, 'What do you want your health for?' Yoga and nutrition are strategic practices to achieve your answer."

Melissa Barber carries a Master of Science (MSc) in integrative medicine research and her areas of focus are disease prevention, integrative medicine, and eliminating health disparities. She has worked in health research for over 10 years – from basic science to epidemiology to practice-based research. Her research homes have included the National Institutes of Health, Oregon Health & Science University, the VA Medical Center, the Integrative Medicine Institute, and the National University of Natural Medicine. She received her undergraduate degrees in Biology, Spanish, and a minor in Chemistry. She studied yoga at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Massachusetts and Rishikesh YogPeeth in India and is an Experienced 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) with over 2,000 hours of teaching experience. Her interest in yoga therapy has brought her to different workshops and an advanced study in anatomy, physiology, body mechanics, and ergonomics. Melissa has her nutritional therapy practitioner (NTP) certification from the Nutritional Therapy Association and has additional training in addressing food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances and personalizing diets. She served as a Peace Corps Health Volunteer in Perú and has worked as a Clinic Coordinator and Medical Interpreter in different Federally Qualified Health Centers locally and internationally. She loves nature and the arts and is energized by a wide array of activities - from yoga to running to stand up paddle boarding. Melissa calls Portland, OR and San Diego, CA home and considers the world her backyard.

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