Joy Y. Kiddie MSc, RD
I received my Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science from McGill University in Montreal and my Master of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver (2008). I conducted research in outpatient psychiatry at Children’s Hospital in Vancouver in the area of mental health nutrition and have been in private practice in BC since 2007.
I’m registered with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia and hold membership with Dietitians of Canada (DC). I speak both English and French and am listed in the Réso Santé Colombie-Britannique, a directory of French-speaking health professionals.
My Clinical Research
Below is the link to my published study on the Dietary Intake and Nutrient Status of Children with ADHD.
Full Research Article:
International Journal of Pediatrics
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 767318, 7 pages
Registered Dietitian vs Nutritionist
People often ask us what the difference is between a Dietitian (or Registered Dietitian) and a Nutritionist, so I’ll answer that question here;
A Dietitian or Registered Dietitian (RD) is a graduate of a university who has met specific academic and professional practice requirements, including completion of a qualified internship in a hospital setting as well as successful challenging of the Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam (CDRE).
Dietitians, at minimum must have Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics or Human Nutrition and some have completed post-graduate degrees (Masters or PhD) in areas such as Human Nutrition.
“Dietitian” and “Registered Dietitian” and the abbreviation “RD” are legally protected terms in Canada and the College of Dietitians of British Columbia (CDBC) is the legislative body that oversees the professional practice of Dietitians across all practice areas and settings in this Province.
In British Columbia, Dietitians practice under Chapter 183 of the Health Professions Act [RSBC 1996].
The term “Nutritionist” is not regulated in Canada, so anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, even without any training at all. Some nutritionists that work at fitness clubs or ‘wellness clinics’ may have taken a one year course at a ‘school of nutrition’ and have a certificate in ‘natural or holistic nutrition’.
University educated nutritionists usually work in research, writing educational materials or in the food industry and usually hold university degrees in nutritional or food science.
Under law, even university-educated nutritionists cannot counsel clients or treat patients.
Remember that most extended benefit plans will reimburse visits with a Registered Dietitian, but not to a Nutritionist. Check with your plan provider for your plan’s coverage.