What Does a Dietitian Do?

  • Helps people make healthy food choices and separate fact from fiction to distinguish healthy eating plans from those that don’t provide optimal nourishment.
  • Provides information and advice that is tailored to the needs and values of their clients and communities.
  • Translates complex scientific evidence into practical solutions to promote health and help clients manage special health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, food allergies and obesity. (Dietitians of Canada)

Nutritional Counselling Services

Through individualized one-on-one counselling, the dietitian learns about your current lifestyle, diet, and your personal nutrition goals. Based on this information, the dietitian will work with you to design a plan of action that is customized to best meet your needs.

You will be given tools to help you work toward your nutrition goals. As change is a process, it is often important to schedule follow-up sessions to build on your knowledge, help you work through the barriers and challenges that you may encounter along the way, and to provide continued encouragement to meet your health goals.
  • Initial assessments are approximately 1 hour
  • Follow-up appointments are approximately ½ hours

Medical Nutrition Therapy

  • Weight Management (*see below for more info)
  • Diabetes, Prediabetes
  • Menopause (*see below for more info)
  • Osteoporosis
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Disease (High Cholesterol/High Triglycerides)
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Low Iron
  • Metabolic Syndrome

Lifestyle Nutrition

  • Disease Prevention / Anti-inflammatory Diet (ex. Mediterranean Diet) (*see below for more info)
  • Nutrition for Seniors
  • Nutrition Issues in Aging
  • Healthy Eating for Everyday Life
  • Menu Planning
  • … and more

Weight Management

Weight Loss or Weight Gain
Everyone’s life is different. Your food preferences and where and when you eat are unique to you. By assessing your lifestyle patterns we might find that you are a 'Fruitless Feaster' or 'Swing Eater' or maybe a 'Steady Snacker' for example. Customizing the changes you need to make based on your personal situation can help you achieve long term success. Working with you the dietitian will customize a meal pattern that fits your personal situation, and she will guide you through the changes needed along the way.

Women’s Health – Menopause

The dietitian has developed a special interest in the nutritional care of women as they transition through Menopause. The struggles that women have as they try to balance their own health concerns with the demands of their family and work lives present special challenges.

The dietitian's expertise lies in educating women on the importance of self-care and how to use lifestyle changes to help manage some of the symptoms of menopause, simplify the stresses of daily life, and reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases (such as osteoporosis and heart disease) as women age.

Disease Prevention / Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Research shows that chronic inflammation has been linked with many medical conditions including diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, cancer. Research is also showing that many foods contain nutrients or components that can reduce inflammation.

Healthy eating patterns have shown the benefits using food to fight inflammation.

Menu Planning

Busy lives can make eating well a challenge. Whether you are cooking for one or many, planning ahead can take the stress out of mealtime, help you eat healthy, and save time and money. Menu planning can be the key to putting your nutrition plans into action and achieving your nutrition goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dietitian vs. Nutritionist - What's the Difference?
The title 'Registered Dietitian' is protected by law and can only be used by those who have met the education requirements and are registered with the College of Dietitians of Manitoba. (Manitoba College of Dietitians)

The term nutritionist is NOT protected by law in most part of the country. This means anyone can provide nutrition advice and call themselves a nutritionist. They may not have reputable training in nutrition. Titles like 'Registered Holistic Nutritionist', 'Certified Nutritional Practitioner’, RONP, RNCP, ROHP, RHN, or CNP do not indicate that the person is a provincially-regulated professional. (Dietitians of Canada)

Are Dietitian Services Covered by Insurance?
  • Many extended health care insurance plans cover dietitian services.
  • A health care provider’s referral is not needed to see a dietitian. However, some insurance plans require a physician’s prescription before payment for the insured service will be made.
  • Please check with your insurer to find out your coverage details.
Is Direct Billing to Insurance Available?
  • Direct billing is available for some insurance companies.
  • If your plan requires a physician’s prescription, it must be presented at your first appointment in order for us to process your claim.
  • If the prescription is not available at the time of your appointment, you will be required to pay for the cost of your appointment and will be provided with a receipt so you can process your claim directly with your insurer.
What Payment Options are Available?
  • Visa / MasterCard
  • Interac
  • Cash Payment
For the most up-to-date information regarding fees and to book an appointment, call 204-254-0130