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Michelle Abbey

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist


Dietitian in search of opportunities in the corporate or individual wellness space. Focused on functional and integrative practice, with an emphasis on the individual, entire mind-body approach. Always working towards further professional development and seeking additional education on a variety of health subjects, in order to provide the most well-rounded service to clients. Philosophy includes a commitment to upstream care, addressing clients as a whole, and working with a team to provide the best therapy for those served.

Work History

Oct 2017Present

Registered Dietitian (contract)

Lifewellness Institute
  • Assist with clinical assessments, lab work analysis, treatment plan development, nutritional counseling and education of individual clients to address concerns and improve quality of life
  • Navigation and administration of multiple systems such as electronic medical record, supplement ordering sites, and MailChimp
  • Develop and implement a community outreach program to establish beneficial relationships for future business
  • Expand the corporate wellness program through effective, measurable initiatives that can be tailored to each client
  • Keep current on the latest dietary research and education to provide the highest quality care to LWI clients and community
Jan 2017Oct 2017

Dietetic Internship

Wellness Workdays
  • Distance Dietetic Internship with a concentration on worksite wellness
  • EXOS San Diego, CA - Sports dietetics - 160 hrs
  • Rouses Supermarket, New Orleans, LA - Retail dietetics - 80 hrs
  • Lifewellness Institute, San Diego, CA - Functional dietetics - 160 hrs
  • Coronado School District, Coronado, CA, - Food service - 120 hrs
  • Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, VA, - Clinical and food service - 1200 hrs
  • Lynn Care Center, Front Royal, VA - Long-term care - 80 hrs
  • Wellness Workdays, Hingham, MA - Worksite Wellness - 240 hrs
Aug 2016Dec 2016

Dietetic Directed Professional Study (60 hour work study)

University of Alabama

-Lifewellness Institute

  • Developed and presented seminar material for corporate wellness client.
  • Conducted wellness appointment nutritional interviews with individual clients.

-San Diego Food Bank

  • Provided nutrition education to partner agencies and at food distribution sites.
  • Created educational tools for use in nutrition education.
Mar 2012Dec 2016

Compliance Analyst

CUSO Financial Services, L.P.
  • Spearheaded the development and initiation of company Social Media policy and completes social media surveillance for entire company, including over 600 Financial Representatives.
  • Developed strong relationships with over 50 credit union investment programs, acting as liaison between credit union marketing departments, the Compliance department, and the regulatory authority, FINRA. Solves daily compliance issues through effective communication and the exploration of flexible options.
Aug 2008Mar 2012

Compliance Officer/Operations Associate

Caris and Company
  • Assisted the Chief Compliance Officer in the FINRA audit, branch audits, annual compliance certification, and employee continuing education.
  • Acted as a liaison between clients, registered representatives, and the clearing firm.
  • Recorded Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable in Quickbooks and processed payroll through ADP.
Sep 2004Oct 2009

Group Fitness Instructor

Various locations
  • Coached a variety of different class formats, including BodyPump, BOSU, and Spinning.
  • Provided motivation to gym members to participate consistently in group exercise classes.
Aug 2006Aug 2008

Sales Assistant

Northwestern Mutual Investment Services
  • Assisted Investment Representative with all client paperwork for new accounts, Variable Annuities and Asset Management Accounts.
  • Managed Investment Representative's schedule.
  • Acted as liaison between clients, representative, and the Operations and Compliance departments. 


Jan 2014Dec 2016

The University of Alabama

Bachelor of Science  - Nutrition

Summa Cum Laude

May 2013May 2016

Mira Costa College

Aug 2010May 2012

Mesa College

Aug 1995May 1999

Louisiana State University


EXOS Performance Specialist (XPS)

-Evidence based, field tested approach to support others striving for higher performance. Focuses on the four pillars of Mindset, Nutrition, Movement and Recovery.

Volunteer Experience and Organizations

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics - Member (since 2015)

California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, San Diego District

Community Committee Member (2016)

  • Helped to organize and execute the National Nutrition Month library education project and developed the current CANDSD logo.

SDSU Research Foundation Women, Infant & Children (WIC)

Volunteer (2016)

  • Records height and weight of participants upon intake.
  • Performs non-invasive hemoglobin testing on participants, using Pronto.

San Diego Food BankVolunteer – box assembly (2015)

Slow Food Urban San Diego

Education Committee Member (2013)

  • Organized and developed an educational fundraiser, raising $300 for Slow Food Urban San Diego.
  • Instructed and menu-planned a Grain Free cooking class for $25 at a local commercial kitchen.

Balanced Lifestyle Committee, CUSO Financial Services, L.P.

Nutrition Representative (2012-2013)

  • Researched and implemented a CSA delivery program to the office, in an effort to help promote healthy eating choices.
  • Organized a company wide contest, Salad Wars, which showcased an array of salads open to tasting for all home office employees.

St. Vincent de Paul Village, San DiegoVolunteer – meal server (2012)

Athletic Achievements

Two Bear Half Marathon - September 2016 Whitefish, MT -13.1 miles on trail and road

Leadville Heavy Half Marathon - June 2016 Leadville, CO -15.5 mile trail marathon

San Diego Night of Champions - May 2016 San Diego, CA -NPC bodybuilding

Moab Trail Marathon - Nov 2014 Moab, UT -26.2 mile trail run

San Diego State Championships - Mar 2014 San Diego, CA -NPC bodybuilding

Mt. Whitney Summit - Aug 2013 Bishop, CA -22 mile 'day' hike, up to 14,505'

PCT 50 Mile Trail Run - Mt. Laguna, CA -50 mile trail run

Transrockies Run - Aug 2011 Buena Vista, CO -120 mile trail run through the Rockies in 6 days

Ironman St. George - May 2010 St. George, UT -2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run

Catalina EcoMarathon - Nov 2009 Catalina Island, CA -26.2 mile trail run

Rock n Roll Marathon - May 2009 San Diego, CA -26.2 miles

Rock n Roll Marathon - Jun 2008 San Diego, CA -26.2 miles

Extra Credit

The Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference 2018 - attendee, March 2018

Scripps Natural Supplements Conference 2018 - attendee, February 2018

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill - Positive Psychology (Coursera) - December 2017

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics FNCE 2017 - attendee, October 2017

Feed for Speed and Power: The New Guide to Evidence-Based Sports Nutrition - attendee, September 2016

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics FNCE 2015 - attendee, October 2015

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – Introduction to the US Food System: Perspectives from Public Health (Coursera) - March 2013

-online class covering food production practices in the US and the impact of our food choices impacts our world.