about mel
Maryelaine “Mel” Sotos is a Registered Dietitian with training in nutrition science, nutrigenomics, and nutrition counseling. She completed both a graduate level degree and a dietetic internship at Texas State University, earning her Masters of Science in Human Nutrition and her Registered Dietitian credential.

Prior to a career in nutrition, Mel was an architectural and graphic designer having graduated from UT Austin with a Masters in Architecture.  Mel was (and still is!) an avid runner and during her schooling at UT she developed an interest in nutrition for sports performance. Then in 2006, after being plagued with illnesses and stress fractures, she was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, an autoimmune condition affecting her tolerance of certain foods, specifically gluten.

Changes in her diet created positive changes in her health and from that point forward, her perspective on nutrition shifted.
A mere recreational interest in nutrition turned professional, and after working only a handful of years in the design field, she changed directions to pursue a career in nutrition science.  
After working for an integrative and functional medicine physician in Austin as a nutrition educator and counselor, Mel spent a year in Lenox, Massachusetts, on the faculty of Kripalu Center for Yoga & Healthteaching CME-approved nutrition workshops to physicians and other health care professionals, as well as to members of the general public. She then took a job as a nutrition coach and consultant for Dr. Mark Hyman, the New York Times Best-Selling author of "The Blood Sugar Solution", "The Ultra Mind Solution", and "The 10-Day Detox Diet". 
She has an integrative, plant centered, whole foods approach to nutrition and until very recently, maintained a small private practice specializing in the counsel of clients with eating disorders and disordered eating habits, food sensitivities and digestive distress.
Currently, Mel is a 3rd year medical student and counsels on a case-by-case basis.
Professional Affiliations and Leadership Roles
Texas Medical Association, Council on Health Promotion: Alternate Representative for the Medical Student Section  (2015-2016)
Texas Medical Association, Medical Student Section: Alternate Delegate for the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC-TCOM) (2014-2015)
Curriculum Representative: Class of 2018 at UNTHSC-TCOM (2014-Present)

Development Chair for Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM), a subgroup of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) with 3300 members (2012-2014)
Membership Chair for Young Professionals for Peoples Clinic (YPP), a non-profit organization increasing awareness about Peoples Clinic, a 501c3 healthcare clinic servicing the Austin, Texas area (2012)
Member of the Austin Foundation for Eating Disorders (AFED).  

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