What is a Registered Dietitian?

A Registered Dietitian (RD or PDt) is a regulated health professional who is passionate about the potential of food to enhance lives and improve health. Dietitians translate the science of nutrition into terms you can understand, without fads or gimmicks. They collaborate with you to embrace food, to understand it, and to enjoy it.

Dietitians, just like engineers and doctors, are accountable to provincial regulatory bodies for the highest standards of education and ethics. To use the title Registered Dietitian (RD), dietitians must be registered with the dietetic regulatory body in the province in which they practice. Dietitians undergo comprehensive and rigorous training, both on the job and in university. Dietitians are held accountable to the highest standards of education and ethics, which means we look beyond fads and gimmicks to deliver reliable, life-changing advice.

Do I need a referral?

No, anyone is able to book an initial assessment without a referral.

We are also happy to work with and provide recommendations to the rest of your healthcare team, at your request, regardless of whether you had a referral from another practitioner or chose to self-refer.

Do you accept clients from across Canada?

Yes! I have virtual nutrition counselling available across Canada. I am currently accepting clients in the following provinces and territories:

  • Ontario

  • New Brunswick

  • Nova Scotia

  • the Yukon

  • Northwest Territories

  • Nunavut

I look forward to expanding my practice in 2022, and will make update this section regularly.

Why are you registered in Ontario?

I live in the Yukon, where we do not have a governing body for Registered Dietitians. Instead, the Yukon Government requires Dietitians to be registered with any Canadian provincial regulatory body. Each of these regulatory bodies require dietitian to be registered, hold liability insurance, complete professional development, and upkeep high standards of care. I have chosen to register with the College of Dietitians of Ontario because I completed my education in Ontario.

What is the difference between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist, Wholistic Nutritionist, or Nutrition Coach?

A Registered Dietitian (RD or PDt) is a regulated health professional just like physiotherapists, doctors, and nurses. In order to be registered with the College of Dietitians of Ontario, Joline had to:

  • Earn an accredited Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition

  • Complete a one-year internship

  • Pass the Canadian Dietetic Registration Exam (CDRE)

  • Pass the College of Dietitian Jurisprudence Exam every 5 years

  • And must hold professional liability insurance

However, many nutritionist titles (including nutritionist, wholistic nutritionist, and nutrition coach) are not regulated titles in Canada. While some nutritionists may have some nutrition education, there is no legislated minimum level or length of education, minimum standards of care, or public protection requirements to use the title 'nutritionist'. It is important that individuals accessing services from a nutritionist, wholistic Nutritionist, or Nutrition Coach inquire about the education of their chosen nutritionist.

Are your services covered by my employers health insurance plan?

Services offered by Registered Dietitians may be covered by your employee extended health benefits plan. However, the allied health professionals covered within an individuals policy varies from employer to employer. It is recommended that you reach out to your benefits provider to see if Registered Dietitian is covered under your allied health coverage, or through your healthcare spending account.

All information required to submit a health claim to your insurance benefits provider will be provided on your receipt. We do not direct bill insurance at this time.

I can confirm that the following employers have RD coverage as part of their benefits plans:

  • Solvest Inc.

  • Kobayashi & Zedda Architects Ltd.

  • Kwanlin Dun First Nation Government

Do you direct bill insurance providers?

No. However, all information required to submit a health claim to your insurance benefits provider will be provided on your receipt.