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Hi, my name is Andrea.  I’m a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, and founder of Project Nutrition, my nutrition counselling and consulting firm.

One of the reasons I became a dietitian was because I wanted to work with people to make their lives a little easier, a little better.  Of the various areas I’ve worked in as a dietitian, the most satisfying has been nutrition counselling.  To me, there’s nothing more rewarding than working with a client who is successfully making change and seeing results.

My background as a dietitian includes working as a primary care dietitian at an Ottawa family health team, where I counselled patients of all ages with a variety of health conditions including diabetes, gastrointestinal diseases, heart disease, allergies, failure to thrive, nutrient deficiencies, and overweight.  I also ran programs for weight managment, fighting cravings, diabetes and infant nutrition.

I’m always working towards being the best dietitian I can be, so in the spirit of professional (and personal) growth, I moved to the arctic to be a regional dietitian at the Inuvik Regional Hospital in the NWT.  The learning curve was steep, but I love learning and am flexible so I acclimatized fairly easily.  In this position I was responsible for delivering nutrition services to hospital inpatients, primary care outpatients, long term care residents, community partners and the region’s remote indigenous communities.  I was Chair of the hospital’s Baby Friendly Initiative, and was the dietitian lead for the dysphagia team.  It was a big job that definitely made me a better dietitian.   (You can get a little sense of the adventure of this job in THIS BLOG POST).

My approach to practice emphasizes personalized care (what we in the health field call “client-centred care”).  Everyone has unique needs and in my experience, the best way to achieve results is to enure these needs are considered when clients and I create nutrition plans.

I believe that whole foods, healthy eating behaviours, and a positive relationship with food are the keys to optimal nutrition and healing.  That being said, I’m realistic and understand that sometimes we have to look for compromises.  I pride myself on being a flexible, empathetic and compassionate practitioner.  I am NOT the “food police”!

Two of my favourite idioms are: There is no magic bullet (when it comes to nutrition and health), and if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!  No single food has the power to raise your metabolism, burn fat, or cure what ails you.  Instead, your eating pattern (the entirety of what you eat on a regular basis) is what shapes your nutritional health.

I invite you to explore this website and Project Nutrition’s social media to learn more about me and how I can help you change your health.  Thanks for stopping by!

 

Credentials & Education

Master of Health Science in Nutrition Communications (MHSc), Ryerson University

Bachelor of Applied Science in Food and Nutrition (BASc), Ryerson University

Dietetic Internship, London Health Sciences Centre

Bachelor of Arts, English and Psychology (BA), U of Ottawa

Specialties & Memberships

Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)

Certified Craving Change Facilitator

College of Dietitians of Ontario

Dietitians of Canada

Diabetes Canada

Canadian Obesity Network

Some random personal tidbits about me:

  • I was born and raised on the west coast, and during my first undergrad, I was a search and rescue crewman with the Coast Guard during the summers.
  • One of the most spectacular moments of my life was reaching the summit of a mountain in the Norwegian arctic (led by a friend who grew up at its base) that had no path and was so steep I had to crawl on hands and knees for half the hike.
  • I love chocolate so much that when I travel, I research the best chocolate shops to visit and bring home tons of chocolate – but don’t eat it because after it’s gone, there’s no more!   OK, I eventually eat it 😉
  • I’m the proud mama of a cat who’s so sweet, he converts “cat haters” into “cat lovers”.