Let's do this: I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at 27 which turned my life inside out and upside down. In May of 2023, I was diagnosed with Primary Lateral Sclerosis (a type of motor neuron disease that causes the nerve cells in the brain that control movement to fail over time. Like the slower form of ALS)
I have a Ph. D. (Microbiology with an emphasis in fermentation and Functional Nutrition Behavioral Science), am a certified Spiritual Coach, and am currently enrolled to become a Grief-Trained Counsellor.
I'm a recovering perfectionist and an autoimmune ally. I have a Functional Nutrition practice, Melano Nutrition where I help people re-energize and find real health without restriction. It is my mission to help others overcome whatever they may be confronting while empowering and connecting through delicious, healthy foods. Research is my passion and am constantly learning from the leaders in both food science and nutrition industries and stay up to date with the current research.
Fun Fact: When I laugh, I laugh wholeheartedly, head back, and guffaw without shame. Life has been hard for me at various points, but through it all, I’ve always kept my passion for joy.
Jorge is Diane’s husband, and as a team member of The Beneficial Bakery, he is responsible for biscuit bombs, English muffins, the operations of shipping, and making our base ingredients. He offers laughter, support, and assistance, and tracks inventory like a boss. His favorite item that we make is our coffee cake (which he co-developed with Diane)!
Fun Fact: he loves Call of Duty, Doctor Who, and road trips.
Fun fact: She is an amateur bodybuilder and took 1st in novice at her first show last spring. She hopes to take first again this fall and earn her pro status next spring.