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About Dr. Prest

Dr. Melissa Prest is a registered dietitian nutritionist who provides medical nutritional therapy for people living with chronic kidney disease and helps them navigate the kidney diet. She also has experience as a health coach with clients around the world making behavior changes that allow them to reach their desired health goals. Committed to forming relationships with clients looking to live their best lives, Dr. Prest is always there for guidance and to reinforce healthy lifestyle habits.  "I believe that everyone should be able to live well and thrive.  Proper nutrition and disease management are some of the keys to success.  I want to provide everyone I work with the skills and tools necessary to live a long and healthful life."

Dr. Melissa Prest has been a registered dietitian nutritionist since 2003 and received her dietitian practical training through Loyola University Chicago.  Dr. Prest is an active volunteer and holds board positions for a variety of professional dietetic groups.  She is a national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 


Originally from the Chicagoland area, Dr. Prest relocated to Seattle in 2020.  She continues to work out of Chicago in her role with the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois as the Foundation Dietitian.  She lives with her partner, Angel (a fellow dietitian), two stepkids, and too many animals to mention. 

Are you looking to make a change? Dr. Melissa Prest is here to set you on the path to good health. Browse through the site to see the variety of services offered to help you achieve your goals.

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Doctor Clinical Nutrition

Clinical Practice Residency Southwest Nephrology Associates, S.C.
Rutgers University


MS Clinical Nutrition
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey


Dietetic Internship

Loyola University Chicago


BS Dietetics

Bradley University


2019 - present

National Kidney Foundation of Illinois

Chicago, IL 

Oversees nutrition outreach for NKFI including counseling, education, programming, and Kidneys in the Kitchen.


Fresenius Medical Care

Chicago, IL 


Renal dietitian for in-center and home dialysis modalities.

Lead dietitian for the operations team and led 25 dietitians in dialysis facilities.

Cynthia Chow and Associates

Chicago, IL

Consultant dietitian to long term care facilities around Chicago, IL.


Sts.Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center

Chicago, IL 

Clinical dietitian covering cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation, and skilled rehabilitation.

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