About Me – Training and Credentials
- Registered Dietitian (RD)
- Bachelor of Science (Nutritional Sciences), McGill University
- Master of Science (Human Nutrition), University of British Columbia, 2008
- Speak English and French, listed in the Réso Santé Colombie-Britannique
- Long-standing member Dietitians of Canada (DC)
- Member of Canadian Clinicians for Therapeutic Nutrition
Dietitians are the only nutrition practitioners that are licensed and regulated in every province in Canada. Just like a nurse or physiotherapist, Dietitians hold a protected designation (varies province to province – e.g. RD, RDN, PDt). I use RD, but am also able to use RDN.
Dietitians with undergraduate degrees undergo rigorous practical training internship) and need to successfully complete licensing exams before they can practice.
In addition, I have a post-graduate degree in Human Nutrition and like all Dietitians, am required to stay current with the evolving scientific research.
About Me – Published Researcher
I was the lead researcher on a clinical research study about the dietary intake and nutrient status of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder that was published in the International Journal of Pediatrics in 2010.
Nutritional Status of Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Pilot Study, June 2010, International Journal of Pediatrics 2010(2):767318
The paper has since been cited in almost 60 other publications.
About Me – Practising What I Teach
In March 2017, I was at a crossroads with respect to my own health. It was more accurately, a crisis. I knew that I would either have to change the way I ate, or would need to go on several types of medications to address high blood sugar, high cholesterol and very high blood pressure. The day I made the decision was March 5, 2017 and I’ve never looked back.
Over the following two years, I lost substantial weight and put my type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure into remission. As a beneficial side-effect, most symptoms of Mast Cell Activation Disorder also went into remission — likely due do the anti-inflammatory effect and lower cytokine response of my diet.
Even though I knew what to do, I had to do it just like anyone else and my passion is to help others to do the same.
Everybody has different nutritional needs and medical background, so each person’s ‘journey’ will be different than mine.
Teaching What I Practice
This is one of my clients who set a new year’s goal 3 years ago, in January 2018. She knew it would take time, but here she is. She has lost over 200 pounds and is still on her ‘journey’.
About Me – Reviews (from the BBDNutrition profile on (Google)
“I have truly enjoyed working with Joy on my journey of healing in my postpartum. I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes which has left me feel unsupported after giving birth due to a lingering condition of high fasting glucose. Luckily, I have been able to get some good help from Joy to go on healthy diet that helps with my blood glucose level and breastfeeding. I love reading her well written articles (food for thoughts) which give me a better understanding about my prediabetes prior to the pregnancy. She helps me a lot in going back to my traditional Chinese diet and coming up with great recipes!! I am so happy to recover a lot of lovely childhood memories from working with her wealth of scientific knowledge in nutrition and great understanding of Asian diet, because eating habits have been rooted way back when I was a baby myself. She also gives me amazing tips on how to bring families together through food in a multicultural setting as I am building a bigger family. Furthermore, she answers a lot of my questions that I ponder and wonder as I have had to rewire my brain for adjusting to a new lifestyle. It gives me so much hope to know that my condition can be reversed because she also shares her knowledge and experience of bringing diabetes into remission. The fact that she works virtually is such a great asset for me, because I could easily see her from home while caring for baby. She supports me through emails which work very well between us. Sending my bloodwork results that she requested to my family doctor has been very helpful, because my family doctor doesn’t believe in insulin resistance (maybe due to her “old school” approach of managing symptoms when the disease has to be in the danger zone for her to send me to do fasting insulin/fasting glucose blood test!!) which makes things challenging. I have been truly grateful to have access to see Joy through work extended health insurance and find her compassionate support to take charge of my health again! Thank you, Joy, kindly for helping me in moving forward on my health journey!!” ~Patricia H. Y. Ma Chan, June 11, 2021
“I had an initial online consultation with Joy in Feb 2019. My family history is significant for T2DM. Although I am a healthy, thin, and very active middle age woman, I had concerns about insulin resistance & getting T2DM. I learned so much from Joy. My consults with her were well worth my time & the cost. She is a wealth of information. She walks the walk & has reversed her own struggles with weight, blood sugar & blood pressure. I am proud to report that one year after consulting with Joy, I no longer take blood pressure medication & my fasting blood sugars are in the 90’s for the first time in a very long time. I highly recommend her!!” ~ Anna Dowd, May 4, 2020
“Joy was a pleasure to work with and was very knowledgeable about nutrition. She is extremely thorough in her approach to your health and takes your goals into consideration when consulting with you. I would and have recommended her services.”~ Sharon Perry, May 4, 2020
“Joy was highly recommended to me last summer for help with my pre-diabetes, IBS and Lymphatic colitis. She gave me an excellent food plan and great tips specifically tailored for my health issues. Since that time I have had no flare ups, less bloating and have lost weight and inches. She knows her stuff and can relate to individual client’s needs.”~ Jennifer MacMillan, May 6, 2020
“Joy was very thorough in her approach. She worked with us and gave us options using the foods we liked. My husband started his diet a couple weeks ago (which is similar to mine, just a couple variations so we can plan meals together). He has already lost over 7 pounds which is fantastic. I only started a few days ago but I am feeling much better and really motivated. What I really liked is that any negative comment that we made which could derail the diet, she was always very positive and provided us with reasons and options to follow it. Looking forward to monitoring our progress over the next month.” ~ Janine O., June 28, 2020
“I was hesitant to take the online sessions but honestly it turns out it is all I need. Dr Joy is very knowledgeable and helpful, she explains every risk & every benefit thoroughly so you understand and believe in the life style you pursue. in addition to the meal plan she gave me a lot of useful tips to maintain a healthy life style. If you are looking to lose weight or adopting a healthy life style I would strongly recommend Dr. Joy’s services”
~ Mohamed Hassan, July 28, 2020
“I should have met years ago with a dietitian!! Joy was very detailed in explaining the changes I have to make in my daily diet to become healthier and she made it easy and comprehensible. She is working with my daughter which is a plus as we can both become healthier together while making sure there is a focus on my 13 yr old who is still growing. I am very happy to have found Joy Kiddie 🙂 ” ~ Angela Seldner, August 10, 2020
“I was having a really hard time following popular diets, and seeing no results. I knew Joy’s work through my mom, who lost a good amount of weight solely by following Joy’s nutrition plan. I am 25 and I have been following Joy’s plan for about 3-4 weeks now and I have been losing weight quickly without having to exercise at all. This plan requires diligence- but if you’re ready to commit, this is an awesome plan!” ~ Shantelle Lacoursiere, September 5, 2020
“I found BBD and Joy while googling for low-carb dietitians in Vancouver, who also supported extended fasting to improve insulin resistance. After reading her blog, which has a wealth of information on nutrition as well as her own health journey, it became very clear that she would be the one to help me with my own health goals. Being South Asian, I am always reluctant to give up rice when considering diet plans. Joy was so thoughtful and deliberate in addressing all of my concerns, and the customized meal plan was so easy to implement into my current lifestyle. I feel so thrilled and less distressed now about accomplishing my health goals, thanks to Joy’s help.” ~RK D, September 15, 2020
“Exceptional and highly experienced low carb/keto registered dietician. I originally met with Joy upon the recommendation of my doctor two years ago when I started my low carb journey. She was able to provide me all the information that I needed to get myself up and running. Two years later, I am seeing her again as to help me reach new levels of health and nutrition, updating my macros for my new goals. I’m overjoyed to be working with her again and will continue to do so as an ongoing client. She’s incredibly kind, supportive and engaging as well. I respect that she, too, practices what she preaches. Absolutely and highly recommend.” ~ Touran Edsall, September 19, 2020
“Working with Joy from BetterByDesign Nutrition has been a wonderful experience. She was extremely helpful and understanding of my unique situation. She helped me to understand why I was struggling with different situations/diets and what I needed to do to resolve my issues. As much as I want to lose weight, with Joy’s guidance I was able to see that eating nutritious food and adapting healthy eating habits to suite me and my unique circumstances was the key. I have followed diet after diet and I have never felt healthy or been able to sustain them for long periods of time. With Joy’s custom plan, I am losing weight and feeling great. It is no longer how much weight I need to lose but the ability to eat healthy and feel great. I know now and am confident that the weight will come of. I would recommend her services to anyone. She truly takes pride in what she does, she is just as invested in your health and well being as you are. She works hard to ensure that your plan is customized to your needs and is always available to help you and answer your questions along the way.” ~Shirley McDougall, September 20, 2020
“I came to Joy as a scientist and someone who had previously dived deep into nutrition and managed to loose weight “my way,” in the hope it was sustainable. It was not. Stress knocked me off the rails and the weight came back. Now, I was back to my original weight AND a health scare thrown in for good measure. I now needed help to not only loose weight, but also make sure I was eating a balanced and healthy diet going forward, something which “my way’ was was not! I couldn’t do a “diet”, it had to be a permanent change to the way I eat. I don’t have the ability or tools to work all of that out, so I started searching for a Registered Dietician who might give me more help than my doctors and the medical system were willing to give. After all, there is only so far “make lifestyle changes” goes in terms of medical advice! I found Joy because of her story, bravely interwoven on her extremely interesting blog. Here was a dietician who had also experienced a similar health scare. It’s a real wake up call! I felt she would have the empathy about my situation that the medical system lacked. I was not wrong! I have been meeting Joy via a dedicated video call and she is always punctual. She is very professional, but at the same time, if you are puzzled or have a question, she stops to help you understand her response. She really wants to make sure you understand why she is asking you eat ‘this’ or change ‘that’ – and more importantly, the implications if you don’t! Weight loss is just part of my food journey going forward, but I am glad Joy has my back. I have the tools, knowledge and understanding – and now Joy – to make sure I am able to be my healthiest self, and avoid a future that would have probably shortened my life.” ~Sally Gillies, October 13, 2020
“I came across BBD Nutrition on BCdietitians.ca. From conducting my research and emailing a few different Nutritionists, I was impressed with Joy’s credentials and her years of knowledge. I appreciated the fact that Joy was quick with replying to my emails. When I started the program, Joy took her time explaining each step of the Low Fodmap and provided me with tips and tricks that would work best for me. Joy provided a fantastic service, and I would recommend her to everyone!!” ~Tarnpreet Brinning, October 23, 2020
~Carlos Martell, November 5, 2020
“Joy is a joy to work with! She listens, she spends more then adequate time working on a customized plan for you – and she really takes into account your needs as a client. I struggle with binge eating and food addiction – and Joy gave me an customized plan that works for my area’s of need. I took some time to review this so I could see if things would work – and let me tell you – they do work! She is also very affordable and my insurance will cover it entirely!” ~ Jessica Alfaro, November 13, 2020
“As a Optometrist, I trust Joy to help my patients who are struggling with Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Obesity, and other diet-related disorders, who want to take a nutritional approach to putting their conditions into remission so they can protect not only their eye health, but their overall health. After seeing their successes, I have personally consulted with Joy to not only improve, but to optimize my own health. I highly recommend her services!” Dr. Keevn Otte, OD, January 27, 2021
“JOY was….a Joy to deal with! She is very thorough with her work and straight forward which I really appreciated. After interviewing me in great detail about my current eating habits, she created a meal plan that requires me to make some changes if I want to achieve the health goals I’d like to achieve. There is no pressure or guilt, just straight talk. What makes Joy even more credible is the fact that she not only talks the talk but walks the walk. She has made some very drastic changes with her own life that has enabled her to loose a lot of weight in the last four years. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to live a healthier and likely a more fulfilled life.”~Shabbir D., January 27, 2021
“Joy is the person who I talked to about my son. I was willing to get to start working with her in order to help my picky eater son. She has asked me to provide with my extended health and get back to her. When I called her back the next day she never respond to my phone call have left her voice mails and sent a note through her contact me on a website and still she did not respond to me. She blocked my number and when I called her with a different number she hung up the phone on me!!! This lady is so rude and know nothing about customer service. Do not waste your time and your money… highly not recommended.” ~mojgan abxxxxxxxxx, February 4, 2021
BetterByDesign Nutrition Ltd. – Registered Dietitian (owner)
Good afternoon, Mojgan. I received your message through the Contact Me form on my website last week at 8:09 AM on January 26th (before I open) and replied that same morning between clients at 11:28 AM. Please check your junk mail folder, as my reply pertaining to services for your son may have gone there. In my reply, I thanked your for your note follow up to your initial phone call and provided you with the details that you requested regarding services and costs, as well as the Intake and Service Option Form to complete with the password required.
As I explained to you when we spoke initially during my week-off, I don’t answer the phone during clinical hours in order to give my clients my full attention, so the best way for people to reach me is via the Contact Me form on my web page. I’m sorry when you did that you didn’t get my reply, but depending on how you have your email configured it is probably in your junk mail folder.
I received a few calls this morning from a private number (which doctors use), but I was unable to answer the first few times, and they left no voice mail. Calls automatically go to voicemail, which is different than being blocked. When I received another call from a private number I was between clients, so I answered assuming it was a doctor calling with regards to a client. It was a lady’s voice asking for a name that I didn’t recognize, so I said “I’m sorry, I think you have the wrong number”. I am sorry if that was you, but I certainly didn’t hang up. Please understand that when someone calls from a private number and doesn’t leave a voice mail, it is impossible to know who it was.
I wish you the best in finding services with another Dietitian.
“I appreciate Joy’s teaching style as it is very concise, to the point and well organized. She is very knowledgeable in Nutrition Science and she is always willing to help. I look forward to implementing my new learning to improve my health. I highly recommend Joy!” ~ Jim S G, (Print Only), March 26, 2021
“I decided to contact Joy one year after being told by my doctor that I have a medium to severe hiatus hernia. I thought I could figure out the food situation on my own and after many attempts and failures, I decided to call her. I am thankful I did because Joy requested up-to-date blood/glucose tests and the results were alarming. She helped me understand the warning signs and what it all meant to my health and future. I can’t tell you what an eye opener it has been. Joy is knowledgeable, thorough and personable. She is a pleasure to work with and I am thankful for her guidance. The meal plan she developed for me is easy to follow. The first couple days were a little bit of an adjustment, but the hunger and cravings went away. It’s only been a few weeks, but I feel healthier and more energetic than I have in a very long time. Thank you Joy for helping me find my way into a healthy lifestyle.” ~ Gabriela Zappala, May 04, 2021