Registered Dietitian & Digestive Health Expert
Hi I'm Ekta, a family medicine Registered Dietitian I'm here to help you manage your health with diet - whether you want to lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, or want to make sure all your vitamin needs are being met.
Diet can be a powerful tool to prevent and manage diseases. In fact, interventions led by dietitians to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure can lower the risk of heart disease by 20-30%! My goal is to provide evidence-based, practical nutrition and education to help ensure your nutritional intake is optimized and your needs are met.
My educational background includes both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in human nutrition. With over 10 years of experience, there isn't a condition I haven't seen yet! I work at a Family Health Team with a wonderful team of physicians and see clients privately as well.
What is Medical Nutrition Therapy?
Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) encompasses the provision of nutrition information, advice, or feeds aimed to prevent, treat, and/or manage health conditions. MNT is an evidence-based nutrition service provided by Registered Dietitians to prevent, delay, or manage diseases and conditions. MNT is a medically controlled act (i.e., a legally controlled activity) reserved exclusively for Registered Dietitians, who are qualified to practice MNT safely and effectively.
What is a Registered Dietitian?
Dietitians are qualified and regulated health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public-health level. They use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.
Registered Dietitians work in hospitals and in private clinics. They work with healthy and sick people in a variety of settings. They can work in the food industry, workplace, catering, education, sport and the media. Other care pathways they work in include mental health, learning disabilities, community, acute settings and public health.
A nutritionist is not a dietitian. The term 'nutritionist' is unregulated, therefore anyone is allowed to use the term, regardless of education or qualifications. A Registered Dietitian is a protected title across Canada, just like physician, nurse and pharmacist.