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 Nurses or Physiotherapists, Dietitians hold a protected designation (varies province to province – e.g. RD, RDN, PDt). I use RD, but am also able to use RDN as I am licensed in multiple provinces.
Dietitians with undergraduate degrees undergo rigorous practical training (internship) and need to successfully complete licensing exams before they can practice. In addition to having successfully passed the licensing exam, I continue to fulfill the annual licensing requirements of the Colleges of Dietitians that I am a member of.
I also have a post-graduate degree in Human Nutrition, and stay current with the scientific literature.
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 sustain it over time. My passion is to help others to do the same.
Everybody has different nutritional needs, so each person’s ‘journey’ will be different than mine.
About Me – Helping People Achieve Their Goals
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’.