Michelle’s approach supporting people to develop a more sustainable relationship with food and fitness is both gentle and realistic. ‘Improvement not perfection’ and ‘slow and steady wins the race’ are two mottos she most likes to use.

She also has her own private practice in Asheville and Boone, NC (WNC Nutrition Counseling and Services.)

With her extensive background as a certified group fitness instructor, she is able to offer movement classes as well as creating individual exercise plans to suit the needs of clients. Michelle also has lead intuitive eating classes, nutrition classes, meal planning workshops, grocery store outings, and supportive meal groups at local restaurants.

She has worked for both in-patient and out-patient facilities, as well has having a private practice treating people with disordered eating, eating disorders, Intuitive Eating using the H.A.E.S model (Health at Every Size)

Michelle went to East Carolina University to begin her B.S. in Nutrition Sciences and went on to the University of Arizona to complete her B.S. in Nutrition. After schooling she went to the Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania, for  her dietetic internship.

Michelle Shelfer


  • Support Groups: Led peer groups for T.H.E Center for Disordered Eating
  • Outpatient Dietitian: For Tapestry (Residential Program for Eating Disorders)
  • SESAMM: Managed a state grant for the childhood obesity prevention program (Students Eat Smart And Move More)
  • WIC: Provided services for Buncombe County (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children)
  • Infant Feeding classes:Instructed as an Internally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
  • Counseling: Provided counseling services and leading programs in the Asheville school system as a dietitian for school-based health centers
  • Consulting Dietitian:For Solstice East (residential treatment center for girls), led groups with therapists and practiced the MNT (Medical Nutritional Therapy)
  • Developing menus and food safety training courses: Primarily for group homes, detention centers, Head Start programs, schools and summer camps
  • Clinical dietetics: Provided for hospitals as well as long-term care and rehabilitation facilities
  • Quantity foods: Preparation and catering
  • Speaking Events: Various CARF(Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) conferences and delivering the keynote speech for Nike running camps two years in a row
  • Lunch-and-Learns: Facilitated for multiple organizations to implement worksite wellness