Food lovers. Evidence based. Life-long learners.
I loved how unique her position was, so I became interested in learning more about the dietetics profession. I quickly realized that dietetics connected all the pieces of my passion puzzle: science, psychology, education, business and culinary arts.
Discovering dietetics made me feel like I hit the jackpot! I felt I could finally bring all my passions together in one career and showcase it through nutriFoodie. Following my heart lead me to where I am today.
How lucky am I?
In this blog post, I wanted to highlight and honour some of the many amazing dietitians that have given so much to the dietetics field and continue to learn, grow, and blossom in their paths. Dietitians are found in a wide variety of settings and the diversity of roles is growing, now more than ever, with the expanding reach of technology.
But first, OF COURSE, I had to learn what's the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist, and THAT, I answered in another blog post.
To learn more about different dietitian positions and stories, I looked to the What RDs Do blog by Stephanie Langdon, RD - it's inspiring to learn about the important work that dietitians are doing in various settings.
Below, I share an overview of traditional dietitian roles. In another blog post, I talked about what dietitians do in unique and specialized roles, such as business & industry, online & traditional media, grocery stores, universities, and more.
Although this list is by no means comprehensive, if you're a dietitian and have a unique position to add to this list, please feel free to reach out and let me know!
So let's dive in, shall we?
Hospitals & Medical Clinics
This setting is to help patients who are very ill through medical nutrition therapy - like monitoring and administering tube feeds for patients who are unable to eat regular food by mouth or total parental nutrition (feeding through the blood) for patients who are unable to digest food and need to rest their gut.
Another example of clinical dietetics is for patients who have been newly diagnosed with chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. This area of work is closely monitored and medically oriented, with the goal of getting someone well enough to be able to leave the hospital.
- Donna Scaffidi specializes in blood disorders, cancer care, and palliative care such as tube feedings, at St. Michael's Hospital. Donna also works with patients requiring a high calorie or high protein diet, and special diets for patients with gastrointestinal problems.
- Stephanie Dang is a clinical dietitian at BC Children's Hospital. She specializes in eating disorders, gastroenterology, and pediatric nutrition.
Dietitians in this administration and management role are found in hospitals and residential centers. Many centers choose to contract this operation to a company such as Sodexo.
In this role, dietitians manage the operation of food services from the patient's first diet order on admission to the diet changes regarding texture, consistency, nutrient, and calorie needs. The dietitians are not responsible for producing or delivering the food to the rooms, but rather managing the operation that goes into making that happen.
- Dietitian Connections: Tiffany Chiang is the district manager of Sodexo Canada.
Dietitians in this role are working for a health authority in the community to work on public health projects, hold programming and workshops for a specific population or to do home visits with other health professionals. The home visits include but are not limited to seniors, persons with disabilities, and persons with tube feeds.
- Dietitian connections: Barbara Crocker is a public health dietitian at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH).
This area covers dietitians who work with clients or patients in a home-setting. Whether that's a private or group home, it's where clients & patients become residents. The challenges in this area are less "urgent" and more about sustainability, sustenance and survival.
Private Practice & Consulting
These dietitians run their own consulting business, where they asses clients' current state of health, and provide nutrition and food recommendations to suit their dietary needs and lifestyle. Often, consulting dietitians will create a niche to specialize their private practice.
In this role, dietitians may provide a one time consultation, or set up multiple sessions with clients to monitor their progress.
- Linsday Pleskot has a great program called the 3-2-1 method that helps you with your meal planning keeping your meals easy, quick and nutritious. Lindsay is passionate about promoting a relationship with food that feels good, body, mind & soul. Aside from her program, she does this through sharing recipes and food writing on her blog, working with companies to develop menus and food products, and putting on local workshops.
- Cristel Moubarak (moi!) offering practical cooking demos and classes, grocery tours and one-on-one coaching to help you develop a peaceful relationship with your body and food. A unique offering in nutriFoodie is the summer cooking camps for children.
- Corinne Eisler offers nutrition counselling tailored for babies and children. Corrine has a great understanding of a child's nutritional, developmental, and cultural needs. She helps parents problem solve and create positive boundaries which encourage healthy habits.
- Angela Birnie works to improve the physical and psychological well-being of her clients. She focuses on the treatment of eating disorders, emotional eating, and helps her clients improve their self-esteem. She also aids in people exploring their life experiences and how their emotions may be affecting their eating or exercise patterns.
- Desiree Nielsen, in addition to being a registered dietitian, is an established author and host of a vegetarian cooking show. She teaches others about different approaches to eating and the power of plants. She takes an integrative, plant-based approach to nourishment, and emphasizes energizing the mind and body.
- Stephanie Clairmont developed the Clairity Program, which combines evidence-based steps, coaching, and a support community to help individuals with digestive issues. Stephanie also has a blog that is focused on providing health tips and advice for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
- Dani Health is a team of dietitians that are focused on offering motivational and guided action programs that will help their clients see real results. Their services are catered to individuals with goals to eat healthy, lose or gain weight, have a healthy pregnancy, or to deal with food intolerances.
- Leslie Beck offers clients dietary advice, personalized meal plans and science-based recommendations on the use of nutritional supplements. She is an experienced communicator in television, radio and print media and she is the the best-selling author of 12 books. Leslie also consults with many leading businesses and international food companies located in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
If you would like to reach out and see if I can help, click below.