Marissa Zarco, MS, RDN, earned her Masters degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Columbia University, and her Bachelors degree in Biology from Duke University. Licensed in the State of Florida, Marissa is a clinical dietitian at Jackson Memorial Hospital in the Medical-ICU. She also counsels diabetic and cardiac patients under a physician cardiologist at Electrophysiology Consultants of Florida, and maintains a diverse clientele through private practice with Essence Nutrition. Marissa’s educational and work experiences further her passion in nutrition and the biological sciences and define her as a skilled practitioner in the areas of medical nutrition therapy, sports nutrition, and nutrition education. Her nutrition philosophies: 1) Nature makes food in its perfect form, and 2) A healthy body is a happy body. Marissa, a Miami Beach native, also speaks fluent Spanish and conversational Hebrew.