Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Registered Dietitian?

A Registered Dietitian is a regulated health care professional who is trained to to give advice about food and nutrition.  Dietitians have a Bachelor's degree in food and nutrition that has been accredited by Dietitians of Canada and have completed an accredited 1-year internship with supervised practical training in various settings including hospitals, health units, long-term care facilities and the food industry.  

Registered Dietitians give proven, evidence-based advice on food and nutrition to help you make healthy food choices.  You will receive reliable and unbiased information.

For more information on Registered Dietitians, visit Dietitians of Canada.

Dietitian, Dietician & Nutritionist - what is the difference?

The titles "Registered Dietitian" and "Dietitian" are protected by law.  Only those people who have met the education and professional qualifications can use these titles.  Look for the initials RD, P.Dt and Dt.P (in French) after a name.  Dietitians practising in Ontario must also belong to the College of Dietitians of Ontario and practice within a set of standards and a code of ethics that are designed to protect the public (similar to other health professionals).

Note: Dietician is the American spelling, and is also a protected title.

The terms "nutritionist" or "registered nutritionist" are not protected titles in Ontario.  This means that anyone can call themselves a nutritionist and there are no standards of care.

When do I see a Registered Dietitian?

A Registered Dietitian can help people of all ages with any nutritional goal or concern.  Whether you want to eat healthier or have a specific nutrition concern, a Registered Dietitian will work with you and design an individualized nutrition plan to meet your needs.  Please see the Services & Rates page for a full list of services provided at Designed Nutrition or contact me if you are wondering if nutrition counselling is right for you.

How often would I see a Registered Dietitian?

Everyone is different.  Together, you and the dietitian at Designed Nutrition, will design a nutrition program that is right for you.  It will be tailored to your needs and availability to meet with the dietitian.  I offer a variety of methods to stay connected: office appointments, in-home appointments, phone and email.

How would this be different from a diet?

Diets are typically restrictive and something you follow for a finite amount of time.  Many people have short-term success on these diets, but don't achieve the long-term results they desire.  I believe in a non-diet approach for lasting results.  You will work one-on-one with myself, as you receive ongoing support as you make gradual lifestyle changes and develop healthy eating habits that you can maintain and improve your overall health.

Do I need a referral to see a Registered Dietitian?

No, you can self refer.  You may also receive a referral from your family doctor or another healthcare provider, but it is not necessary.

Are Registered Dietitian services covered by OHIP?

At this time, private practice dietitian services are not covered by OHIP.  However, your extended health insurance benefits or EAP may provide full or partial coverage.  Please check with your insurance provider to see what coverage is available for dietitian services.  Designed Nutrition does not direct bill to insurance companies.  You will receive a detailed receipt that you can submit to your insurance company to be reimbursed. 

Even if you do not have health benefits or your extended health insurance plan does not cover dietetic services, keep your receipt and provide it to your accountant to receive a non-refundable tax credit from the government.

What are my payment options?

I accept cash, electronic money transfer or personal cheques.  Payment is due at the end of the first visit.