Meet The Whole9 Team

The Whole30 program was created in 2009 by Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig, who founded their business, Whole9, that very same year. Since then, the Whole9 community has grown by leaps and bounds. Together, the Whole9 and Whole30 websites currently serve more than 1.5 million visitors a month, with readers checking in from more than 100 different countries.

Melissa Hartwig, CISSN

Melissa Hartwig, CISSN

Melissa Hartwig is a Certified Sports Nutritionist who specializes in helping people change their relationship with food and create life-long, healthy habits. She is the co-creator of the original Whole30 program, the New York Times bestselling author of The Whole30 and It Starts With Food,  and has been featured in the Wall Street JournalDetailsShape, Outside, and Woman’s World magazines. Melissa has presented more than 200 health and nutrition seminars worldwide, and provides support to more than 1 million people a month through the Whole30 website.

Melissa enjoys kettlebell training, traveling, hiking, winter sports, and riding her motorcycle, and is on the advisory board for Paleo Magazine. She lives in Salt Lake City, UT.

Dallas Hartwig, MS, PT


Dallas Hartwig is a functional medicine practitioner, Certified Sports Nutritionist, and licensed physical therapist who specializes in treating lifestyle-related hormonal, digestive, and metabolic health issues. He is the New York Times bestselling author of The Whole30 and It Starts With Food. In 2012, he founded his functional medicine practice, mentoring under Dr. Daniel Kalish and enrolling in the Institute for Functional Medicine‘s certification program. Dallas is on the Advisory Board for Paleo f(x) and Fitwall, and on the Board of Editors and Reviewers for the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine.

In his free time, Dallas rides his motorcycles, snowboards and mountain bikes, and travels. He lives in Salt Lake City, UT.

Shanna Keller

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Shanna, our Marketing and Content Manager, hails from Kansas City, Missouri, where she lives with her husband Alan and a poorly-behaved terrier named Olly. She has spent her career telling stories of life transformation on social, web, e-mail and print media platforms. In addition to celebrating Whole30 successes and stories online, Shanna loves to cook, read and practice lots of yoga.

From Shanna: “My experience with the Whole30 program—and the experiences of countless others—has convinced me that truly, It Starts With Food. I love that I have the opportunity to spread this message to such a diverse range of people, and to watch as they develop a healthier relationship with food and with themselves.”

Kristen Crandall, BA

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Kristen, our Administrative Coordinator, has a B.A. in American History and Art from Southern Utah University. Over the past few years, she has used her education and experience as a Researcher for an American History Civil War book, an Art Curator for a fine art gallery, and her most important role as mother of two kids. She also plays competitive volleyball, something that helped pay her way through her early college years at Dixie State University. As well as volleyball, Kristen enjoys participating with her husband  as a “casual Cross-Fitter”.

From Kristen: “I’ve seen how nutrition and exercise can improve peoples lives. It all starts with an individual and a choice. I believe that one choice to choose healthy food can change lives.  I believe Whole9 and the Whole30 program are helping people make that personal change and better choices possible. I am grateful and excited to be part of the Whole9 team.”