the whole child

The whole child

Getting to the root of issues using a whole child approach

If you are you dealing with a picky eater or child with ARFID (Avoidant Restrictive Food Intact Disorder) there is hope!


Melanie grew up in a Russian-English speaking home as her family immigrated here from Uzbekistan. Melanie received her undergraduate degree in Spanish and Communication Disorders from the University of Connecticut and her graduate degree in Speech Pathology from Teachers College at Columbia University. Melanie has worked as a Pediatric Speech Pathologist for 20 years in the homecare, community, school, and clinic settings working with children from birth to high school.

Melanie's current specialty is Orofacial Myology Therapy (OMT). OMT is the study and treatment of oral and facial muscles as they relate to speech, dentition, chewing, swallowing and overall mental and physical health. Melanie came to specialize in OMT when children weren't making enough progress in speech therapy and she felt something was missing in her previous trainings. OMT has been life changing for her and her clients. She especially enjoys working with children and adults with tongue tie or tongue tie removal.

Melanie enjoys working with families holistically and is a strong advocate for children’s needs. As she is integrative, Melanie uses her foundation in herbalism, energy work, and health coaching interwoven within her speech therapy sessions. In her spare time, you may find her doing yoga, meditating, hiking, singing, traveling, gardening, making medicine, or cooking delicious healthy food!

From picky eater to food explorer

picky eater To food explorer

  • Is mealtime stressful?

  • Are you sick and tired of your child refusing foods?

  • Are you worried your child won't grow and get proper nutrients to function their best which will lead to health issues in the future?

  • Have you been told they will grow out of it but continue to have doubts or concerns and want support to get your child eating right

This 1 hour class is full of information for all those caregivers dealing with Picky Eating! If you are looking for resources, strategies, and solutions for turning your picky eater into a food explorer, Melanie will be your expert guide!

The first thing to know is you are not alone, that's why Melanie created this class! We need a variety of foods for proper brain functioning! NOW is the time to fix this. If you wait it will be harder and your child may develop further behavioral, nutritional, and mental health issues which could cost you a fortune in the future. The younger the easier to change habits!


planting flowers, working on language, sequencing, and integrating the sensory system

planting flowers, working on language, sequencing, and integrating the sensory system

Making an edible flower. Working on eating new foods, sequencing, and retelling

"I loved the picky eater class. It was complete with information. Melanie explained it well and it had a lot of information about kids who have difficulty eating. Melanie is our daughter's speech therapist. My daughter loves being in therapy with Melanie. Thank you Melanie!"

Maribel, Hillsborough NC

Do you need Orofacial Myology and what is it?

If you, your child, or someone you know is suffering from sleep apnea, breathing or upper airway issues, snoring, difficulty with chewing and swallowing, TMJ, poor sleep, migraines, poor articulation such as speaking with a lisp or other difficulties with pronunciation, then oro-facial myology therapy can be life changing. Oro-facial myology therapy works with extinguishing poor oral habits and establishing a normal resting posture in the mouth. It also supports improving the function of the oral musculature in a holistic non-invasive approach.

We currently work with adults and children over 4 years of age.

We've Moved to a New Location and Continue to Work with Clients in Person

410 Millstone Dr, Hillsborough, NC 27278

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© 2020 by Root 2 Rise Wellness LLC. All rights reserved