After graduating from Brentwood, I pursued a Bachelor’s of Science and completed a degree in Biology from the University of Victoria. I soon realized that I wanted to combine my passion for food and cooking with my science background. This led to a second degree in Dietetics at the University of British Columbia and I completed my Internship both at Lions Gate Hospital and with the Vancouver Island Health Authority.
I am now a Clinical Dietitian registered with the College of Dietitians of BC and work for the Vancouver Island Health Authority. I’ve enjoyed working in multiple areas of practice in both hospital and community settings. Some areas of my practice have included pediatrics, diabetes management, medicine, surgery, neurology, prenatal care and geriatrics. It has been very rewarding to be able to help people with maintaining good health and disease prevention by sharing my knowledge and love of food and good nutrition.
This will be a live presentation which will explore some of the many career prospects as a Registered Dietitian – private practice, public health care, food service management, grocery retail, sports nutrition, media and education are just to name a few! I will share my own personal story which involved several stepping stones on the path to nutrition. A previous career in forestry, working in marine mammal studies and travelling opportunities abroad provided many life experiences along the way only to help me realize that the field of nutrition was the perfect fit. There will be a brief overview of the Dietetics Professional Program at UBC and Internship process. Hands-on demonstration materials will be available such as feeding tubes used for patients unable to take food by mouth, food models for education purposes and various nutrition supplements to taste.