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To share practice related stories, create connections and engage readers in the amazing diversity of dietitian experiences.


Jul
14
2016

Increasing access to dietitians: 5 myths about direct billing addressed

Susan Watson helps dietitians understand how to utilize medical insurance to increase access to dietitian services in private practice. 


SW-HS1.jpegSusan Watson is a tech savvy, trend seeking, social media addicted, entrepreneurial dietitian. She spoke about her experiences with direct billing at the 2016 DC National Conference in Winnipeg. Susan is the co-chair of the DC consulting dietitian’s network. Email Susan if you would like more information on direct billing for your practice at susan@alittlenutrition.com. You can also connect with Susan on Instagram and Twitter @LittleNutrition

Four years ago, I transformed the way I ran my business by deciding to offer direct billing services to my clients. At the time, I was primarily a stay-at-home mom seeing a few clients a couple nights a week, and had plenty of time to take on a bit of extra paperwork. I didn’t really know what I was doing, but had the time to learn, along with the admin staff at the clinics I worked out of to help me along the way.
 
I knew that there was a large demand for direct billing from my clients, but I had no idea that offering this service would actually triple my business. It got to the point where I had to hire a team of dietitians to meet the client demand. continue reading
Jul
07
2016

5 valuable reasons to pursue interprofessional education

A master’s student at the University of Toronto shares how interprofessional education can benefit your career, all while learning new skills!


LB-HS1.jpgLiana Bontempo has completed a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Biology and Studio Art, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. She loves the ability of dietetics to bring together the arts, such as the socio-cultural aspects of food, with the hard sciences of health and nutrition. Recently, she graduated with a Master of Public Health in Community Nutrition from the University of Toronto and is excited to see what her career as a registered dietitian has in store! Connect with Liana on LinkedIn.

“Interprofessional” is a buzzword we all hear regularly, whether it’s at school, the workplace, or we're reading it on a job application. As health care professionals, we know that we have to work together, not only with our own dietetic colleagues, but also with professionals from other disciplines. 

At times, it can be hard to see why collaboration with other professions is important. How often have you uttered the phrase: "Ergh! It would be so much easier to work alone!"

Professionals from other disciples don't speak the same language as you, they often don’t understand your roles and responsibilities and, in the worst of cases, they can negate or impede the work that you have carefully put into place. By improving your interprofessional skills, you not only enhance your knowledge but you also avoid the anxieties and frustrations that can occur with team-based projects.

“Interprofessional” is more than just a buzzword, it’s a must for all health care professionals in order to provide the best care for clients, patients, and communities. continue reading 
Jun
30
2016

How an innovative blog series is putting a face to the dietetics profession

Steph Langdon helps to raise the profile of dietitians with her blog series, “What RDs Do.”


SLHS1.jpgSteph Langdon is a Saskatoon based consulting dietitian and entrepreneur. She recently started an interview series profiling the various roles of dietitians on her blog and has been overwhelmed with support. As a work-at-home mom, she has embraced blogging and social media to promote dietitians and clear up misconceptions. Email Steph if you’d like to be featured in her series. She can be reached at steph@nutrishus.com. You can also connect with Steph on LinkedIn, or follow her on Facebook , Instagram or Twitter @NutrishusRD.

Ten months ago, I started a blog series aimed at putting a face to the dietetics profession and helping us understand the unique skill sets and the diversity that exists among us.

This series was inspired by a fellow dietitian commenting that, “Dietitians don’t just blog about food trends all day.” To which I thought, “Yes, some do.” If we, as dietitians, don’t know what many others in our profession do, how can we expect the public to? continue reading
 
Jun
16
2016

Dietitian off duty in Haiti – 6 unexpected food observations

A Maritimes dietitian reflects on her food and nutrition related experiences while volunteering in Port au Prince, Haiti.


JFM-HS1.jpgJohanna McLeod graduated with a BSc in Applied Human Nutrition from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2000. Currently she is working at an occupational rehabilitation centre supporting injured workers by way of nutrition at WorkSafeNB in Saint John. Outside of working part time, you will find her volunteering between her three children’s elementary schools, children’s programs at her church, or at Outflow ministries. Johanna recently spent nine days in Haiti doing construction work and building relationships and trust in the community of Mais Gate.  

Haiti is considered the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with income per capita estimated at $2 USD per day.1, 2  Residents deal with political instability, poor nutrition, deficient sanitation systems, and reduced access to health care services and vaccinations. The earthquake on January 12, 2010 made life even more challenging for the people of Haiti.

In December 2015, I had the opportunity to go with a team of five on a nine day trip to the Haitian capital of Port au Prince. This trip (not related to work) was part of a three year partnership between Kings Church (Saint John, NB) and l’Eglise Wesleyanne de Mais Gate (Haiti) to do construction work at their school and build relationships and trust in the community of Mais Gate. continue reading
Jun
02
2016

London adventures: Working as an unlicensed dietitian abroad

A Vancouver-based dietitian shares her adventures and unique job opportunities while seeking employment in the United Kingdom.


Laura-Ledas-HS1.pngLaura Ledas graduated from the UBC dietetics program in June 2014 after completing a 10-month internship in Northern British Columbia.  One week later, she moved to London, England and experienced what it was like to work as a dietitian abroad. She has since returned to Canada and is working as a dietitian at a long term care centre in West Vancouver, has a private practice at Expert Physio, and is a master trainer with Food Skills for Families, run by the Canadian Diabetes Association. Find Laura on LinkedIn or Twitter @lauraledas.

You may quiver knowing that I decided to move to the fish and chips capital of the world to further my career in the food and nutrition field. I was warned that I’d have my work cut out for me with much of the population consuming potatoes and mushy peas as their main sources of vegetables.
 
London is known for their unwavering devotion to the royals, an iconic nursery rhyme bridge, love for the handsome David Beckham and, of course, hearty pub food paired with bottomless pints of beer.
 
For those of you who have visited this vibrant city and for those of you who may travel there in the future, I want to open your eyes to the lesser known green smoothie drinking and organic food eating experience that I stumbled upon while living in West Kensington for 14 months. continue reading
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