Hello! I’m Joy, owner and Registered Dietitian at BetterByDesign Nutrition. I’ve operated my private practice in Coquitlam for more than a decade, providing both in-person clinical services and also Distance Consultations via phone and Skype.
My passion is helping people reclaim their health and I do this by firstly understanding your goals, assessing your needs and then designing a customized nutrition plan specifically for you.
I don’t believe in a “one-size-fits-all” approach to any health condition — be it weight-loss (or weight gain), Type 2 Diabetes or pre-Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, food allergy or sensitivity, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). There are best clinical practices yet at the same time, individual nutrition is BetterByDesign. For me, this begins by me listening to and understanding your needs and personal health goals. I’ll conduct a thorough assessment, including family medical history, risk factors and personal medical history and I’ll review objective data such as lab test results, as well as assess your height, weight, waist circumference, etc. Together, we’ll discuss the various options available to you in terms of approaches, and I’ll provide you with my recommendations, then you’ll decide on the plan. Then, I’ll take all the information I’ve collected into account when I design your customized nutrition plan.
If you are vegetarian or don’t eat certain kinds of foods for religious or cultural reasons, your plan will factor this in. Whether you love to cook or have limited time or ability to cook, I will help you by providing easily implementable ideas.
For those who want to focus on retaining their health by ensuring optimal nutrition, I also provide these types of services.
Complete Assessment Package
The Complete Assessment Package is my all-inclusive package and a great place to get started. If you have been diagnosed with high blood sugar, high cholesterol or high blood pressure, I can help you bring these into a healthier range by addressing the various factors that affect these and can provide you with what you need to lose weight, without feeling hungry, deprived and tired. The Complete Assessment Package is available for adults of all ages and for children and youth (aged 7 – 19 years).
Food Allergy / Food Sensitivity Services
I offer several packages in this area, including the Food Sensitivity / Food Allergy (FSFA) Package, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Package and the Celiac Disease Management Package.
Research indicates that by changing what they eat, those chronic inflammatory diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, fibromyalgia, Lupis, Sjogren’s and Celiac disease can reduce many of their symptoms. The focus of the Anti-Inflammatory Protocol is to limit the foods that are known to promote inflammation and focus dietary intake on foods that are evidence-based to have anti-inflammatory properties.
I’m familiar with foods, ingredients and eating style of several Asian, South Asian, North African / Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries which helps me to provide you with nutrition services in a culturally relevant manner.
In addition to having professional training and experience as a Registered Dietitian, I also understand firsthand what it’s like to need to reclaim one’s health. In March 2017, I was obese, had Type 2 Diabetes, very high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Less than a year later, my Diabetes was in partial remission, my blood pressure was normal and my cholesterol was considered ‘ideal’ and these changes were accomplished through changes in my diet (it is only recently that I’ve added a regular fitness component to my plan). While I still have some weight to lose and some goals I want to accomplish with respect to my blood sugar, I have been successful at reaching each of the 1-year goals that I set in March 2017. I am reclaiming my health, one day at a time and my passion is to help others to do the same.
My Clinical Office
My office is bright and open, yet offers privacy at the same time and is gently air-conditioned in summer and comfortably heated in winter.
I’m located in central Coquitlam — just 7 minutes drive from Coquitlam Centre — close to Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Burnaby, New Westminster, Pitt Meadows and Surrey.
Coming by public transit?
My office is ~12 minutes by bus from the Coquitlam bus loop with several buses routes to choose from, and just up the hill from the Evergreen Skytrain.
Since I provide services to those with allergies and sensitivities, please note that my office is necessarily scent-free and is a peanut-free zone.
Clinical hours are weekdays 9:00 AM to 5:00* PM
*3:00 PM on Fridays
NOTE: Arrangements can be made for earlier or later appointments on some weekdays.
Please send me a note by clicking on the “Contact Me” tab, above.