After entering her first bikini competition in 2014 and changing her body through nutrition and resistance training, Melissa knew she wanted to help others reach their own fitness goals. 


In 2015 Melissa placed top 5 at both an ABBA regional show and ABBA provincial show. In 2016, she placed 2nd at the CBBF Canadian National Competition and in 2018 placed 2nd in the CPA Vancouver Pro/Am Competition. Bikini competitions were not, however, where her love of fitness and nutrition began. From age 5 she played competitive hockey and in 2006 she was awarded a scholarship to NAIT with the female hockey team. 


From NAIT, Melissa received a Diploma in Business Administration as well as Photographic Technology. Melissa spent 6 years as a photojournalist and portrait photographer before becoming a personal trainer and starting her own personal training business, Desire Fitness. 


Melissa is a certified Personal Training Specialist; Healthy Eating & Weight Loss Coach, and Pre-Natal/Post-Natal Trainer. She specializes in women’s health, and custom programming for overall health and wellness. 


Desire Fitness offers private personal training, bootcamp classes, custom work out programs and diet plans for weight loss, muscle gain, metabolic recovery, and athletic performance.