My background

If you're reading this, you're just like me and want to make sure I have the knowledge, skills and legitimacy to work with you. 

I'll start with my education: 

  • Bachelors of Science in Human Nutrition (BSc)
    St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada (2002-2005)
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA (2001-2002)

  • Masters of Science in Human Kinetics (MSc)
    University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada (2012-2015)

My credentials:

  • Registered Dietitian, College of Dietitians of Ontario (since 2007)
  • Certified Bariatric Educator (CBE)
  • Licensed Craving Change™ instructor

My training/professional development topics: 

  • Weight inclusive approaches
  • Intuitive eating
  • Weight bias, stigma and discrimination
  • Health at Every Size
  • Appetite regulation
  • Weight physiology
  • Neurohormones
  • Gut microbiota
  • Medical nutrition therapy (MNT)
  • Nutrition-focused physical assessment (NFPA)
  • Body composition/analysis
  • Malnutrition
  • Micronutrient deficiencies and supplementation
  • Bariatric/metabolic surgery
  • Chronic disease (diabetes, obesity, CVD)
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Eating disorders/disordered eating
  • Sport nutrition/performance
  • Behaviour change theories (Motivational interviewing; Cognitive behaviour therapy; Acceptance and commitment therapy)
  • Adult learning and education
  • Advocacy and policy
  • Public health
  • Social justice
  • Food and health inequality
  • Mental health 
  • Research (systematic reviews, GRADE, quantitative, qualitative, quality improvement, program evaluation, etc)

My accomplishments: 

My passion: 

  • Ending diet-culture (Recent radio interview - have a listen)
  • Changing the narrative of weight 
  • Ending weight stigma and bias
  • Educating health care professionals and clients about weight science
  • Advocacy in weight-related policies (changing how weight is viewed and understood)
  • Strengthening relationships with food, movement and bodies

My numbers

  • 8

    Media features

  • 50+

    National and international conference presentation, webinars and invited lectures

  • 10

    Peer-reviewed publications

  • 14

    Professional affiliations

  • 6

    Awards received

  • 20+

    Professional volunteer positions