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about

I’m Courtenay (she/her), a Health at Every Size® advocate and Non-Diet Registered Dietitian

I received my Bachelor of Science in Nutrition with Honours from Acadia University and completed my dietetic internship in Truro, Nova Scotia. I started practicing as a clinical dietitian in Calgary, Alberta working in long term care. I then transitioned to work in a hospital with both inpatients and outpatients. I have experience in working with patients living with health conditions such as eating disorders, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), osteoporosis, high blood pressure, food allergies/intolerances, and more.

I am currently living in Hamilton, Ontario and am registered with the College of Dietitians of Ontario and am a member of Dietitians of Canada. I am offering weight-inclusive nutrition services through in-person and virtual appointments. Topics I specialize in include eating disorders/disordered eating, intuitive eating, and helping people repair their relationship with food and their bodies. 

 
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What is a Dietitian?

Dietitians are committed to providing evidenced based food and nutrition information, and can work in a variety of clinical and community settings. We believe in the power and potential of food. Dietitians take a holistic approach when working with clients to ensure an appropriate, sustainable, and enjoyable lifestyle and relationship with food.

Dietitians are regulated health professionals with protected titles. In order to use the title Dietitian, or Registered Dietitian (RD) in Ontario, a dietitian must:

  • have a degree in foods and nutrition from an accredited university

  • complete a one year internship with rotations in clinical and community nutrition, and foodservice

  • pass a national registration exam

  • be registered with their provincial dietetic regulatory body

  • meet annual continuing education requirements 

What about ‘nutritionists’? In some provinces, the term nutritionist is a protected title that can only be used by Registered Dietitians. This only applies to Alberta, Quebec, and Nova Scotia. Learn more here.

 

What does ‘Health at Every Size®’ mean?

Health at Every Size® (HAES®) is a holistic approach to wellness that does not involve trying to control body weight. HAES® respects and celebrates body diversity in all forms while promoting eating for well-being, life-enhancing movement, and compassionate care. HAES® practitioners, such as myself, believe it is possible to improve your health without focusing on weight. As a non-diet dietitian, I actively reject the diet mentality and am here to help you make peace with food and your body.

For more information, visit the HAES® community site here.