Melissa Renae

Freelance writer at SIMPLE


Relevant qualifications

  • BSc Health and Nutrition, University of North Florida
  • Dietetic Internship, Georgia State University
  • MA, Mass Communication, Georgia State University

Professional background

  • Over 16 years as a clinical dietitian working with adult and pediatric populations in diabetes research, renal-dialysis and transplant, HIV/AIDS-infectious disease, and community senior nutrition
  • Worked as a newsletter editor for various organizations, including the Georgia Council on Renal Nutrition and Jacksonville Moms on the Run, and was a communications coordinator for Diversify Dietetics
  • Has been freelance writing for health and lifestyle publications for 3 years


Raised in the US South by her Bahamian family, Melissa is a registered dietitian, a food, health, and nutrition writer, and a single mom exploring Florida life with her son. She believes food and nutrition are just as much about culture, comfort, and joy as they are about health and strives to create fun, relatable, culturally-inclusive content to help readers take a deep breath, feel seen, and make sense of the food around them.

Outside of work, Melissa can be found reading at the beach, serving at her church, running with Jacksonville Moms on the Run, and enjoying good food wherever she can find a waterfront patio.

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