Malia is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and completed her post-graduate internship at the University of Northern Colorado. Malia is passionate about teaching people how to eat real, healthful foods in a manner that is scientifically proven to increase health and is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD). Her nutrition philosophy and work with clients is centered on setting realistic goals, recognizing personal values, and using mindfulness (such as ACT — Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). Malia specializes in the treatment of individuals with eating disorders.
Malia Dunn is a Registered Dietitian at Essential Nutrition where she provides individual and group counseling, specializing in the fields of eating disorders, HIV, diabetes, and general health and wellness. She currently serves as the Past-President of the Northern Colorado Dietetic Association and was recently awarded the 2015 and 2017 Recognized Young Dietitian Award. Malia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from the University of Northern Colorado, where she also completed her postgraduate internship.
Malia’s nutrition philosophy centers on setting realistic goals, recognizing personal values, and mindfulness (such as ACT). Malia often helps her clients create meal plans, optimize their metabolism, increase nutrition knowledge, reach nutrition goals and improve blood values. Her true passion is helping others achieve a balance which enables them to nourish their bodies while truly enjoying and appreciating food. She believes food should be utilized as a tool to connect with others, improve overall well-being, and simply enjoy!
Malia’s passion and early introduction to the eating disorder world has provided her with the necessary tools to treat many different types of eating disorders. She is a firm believer in a team approach and thrives when given the opportunity to collaborate with therapists, doctors, and personal trainers. While she works in the outpatient setting, Malia has experience working at an intensive outpatient center in Ft Collins and Eating Recovery Center in Denver. With a variety of treatment center settings, Malia has the experience and skills necessary to work with eating disorder clients in the outpatient setting.
In the past, Malia worked closely with the Weld County School District 6 nutrition department to improve their industry leading from-scratch cooking Renaissance Food Program. She assisted in the implementation of the cafeteria-friendly nutrition education program, providing children with a nutrition breakdown of all food and beverage offerings. As a result of the program and Greeley’s low socioeconomic status, Malia has good knowledge of the nutrient content of many popular food items and dishes and budget-friendly meal planning.
When Malia is not working you can find her in the mountains snowboarding, camping, or hiking. Check out Malia’s work with the ZisBoomBah.com Skinny Kids Blog:
"Malia was wonderful to work with. She was so knowledgeable, and so supportive and encouraging - I always felt comfortable talking to her. She worked to understand my situation and to help me in a manageable and meaningful way. I couldn't speak more highly of my experience with her."
"Malia, my daughter has tremendous difficulty trusting anyone outside of her family unit. We both leave each session saying how much we love you, how smart and how beautiful you are, and how grateful we are to have found you and to be getting so much help and direction from you."