About Dr. Melissa Miller

Hi, I'm Dr. Melissa Miller, the founder and owner of Nuravita!
I believe that when you feel supported you are able to make positive changes toward living a more fulfilled life in a body that moves freely and without pain. I invite you to open your mind to new ideas around movement and how the body functions; find room in your life for play; and embrace the positive changes that take place during our work together. At Nuravita, this support comes in the form of manual therapy and movement instruction. I have an everlasting love and curiosity of the human body that I want to share with you!
All bodies are capable of healing! All bodies are capable of healing! My intention is to help you learn how your body works, how to reduce pain, mitigate injuries, and most importantly be able to perform the activities that bring you the most joy. Activities range from being able to take a walk or play with your child to taking a month long backpacking trip without pain. Another goal of mine is to inspire you to make the mundane tasks of life like doing the dishes, cleaning your house, and walking from place to place more fun and exciting! As a result, your movement practice and those tasks become intertwined, requiring less “exercise” time needed and leaving more time for fun!!!
Doctor of Chiropractic
New York Chiropractic College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Vermont
Certifications and Trainings

► Certified Restorative Exercise Specialist
Nutritious Movement™ is a whole-body movement program that utilizes Movement Micronutrients and Macronutrients and habitat (lifestyle) changes to nourish all trillion of your body’s parts. The bending and squishing of your cells that happens when you move is an input—just like dietary nutrients. Cells respond directly to mechanical input through mechanotransduction. Nutritious Movement is a program that offers Micronutrients (corrective exercises, to help mobilize any sedentary spots brought about by years of being casted by modern habitats) and Macronutrients (larger categories of movement like walking, squatting, carrying).

Katy Bowman is the founder of Nutritious Movement™. With radical, science-based health directives, Katy has taken the health-and-wellness world by storm with her bold “exercise is not movement” platform. A biomechanist by training, she has helped thousands reduce chronic pain, increase bone density, and improve metabolic health through better movement. Katy is the bestselling author of multiple books. Whole Body Barefoot (2015), Move Your DNA (2014), Alignment Matters (2013), Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief (2011), Don’t Just Sit There (2015), Diastasis Recti (2016).
► Certified Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist
FRC is a comprehensive joint training system. The three main goals of FRC are mobility development, joint strength and body control. This technique can be used for rehabilitation as well as every day conditioning.
► Certified Movnat Level 2 Instructor
MovNat is a physical education and fitness system based on the full range of natural human movement abilities. These include the locomotive skills of walking, running, jumping, balancing, crawling, climbing, swimming, lifting, carrying, throwing and catching.
► Certified Applied Kinesiologist
Applied Kinesiology (AK) is a system that evaluates structural, chemical and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing combined with other standard methods of diagnosis. AK is a non-invasive system of evaluating body function. The combined terms “applied” and “kinesiology” describe the basis of this system, which is the use of manual muscle testing to evaluate body function through the dynamics of the musculoskeletal system.
► Neurokinetic Therapy Level 1
A manual muscle testing technique that is intended to diagnose imbalances in the Motor Control Center of the Cerebellum, causing pain and dysfunction and correct them.
► Iyengar Yoga Level 1 Certification
Iyengar yoga is a form of Hatha Yoga that has an emphasis on detail, precision and alignment in the performance of posture (asana) and breath control (pranayama).
► Asian Healing Arts and Whole Foods Nutrition Certificate
This 9-month program included training in Swedish massage, Shiatsu and nutritional consulting based on the Five Element Theory and using food as medicine.
Professional Experience
Founder and owner of Nuravita
Ithaca, NY
Providing Chiropractic care and movement instruction
2013 - Present
Science Instructor
Fingerlakes School of Massage
Kinesiology and Anatomy and Physiology teacher
Registered Nurse
Visiting Nurse Service of Ithaca and Tompkins County
Home care, start of care nurse
Registered Nurse
INOVA Mount Vernon Hospital
Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation
Registered Nurse
Allied Rehab Hospital
Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation
Yoga and Pilates Instruction
Various locations around the US
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