Who I am
I am passionate about helping others achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle through proper nutrition and active living. Let me take the guess work out of nutrition for you by translating science into practical strategies that help you achieve your health and performance goals - whether it is managing your gastrointestinal symptoms or fueling for optimal performance in your sport or daily activities.
Growing up with IBS myself, I can relate to people living with digestive health issues and the frustrations that go along with them. I have ample experience working with individuals with various digestive health conditions, and work closely with gastroenterologists around Vancouver both in research and patient care. As a sports dietitian, I have worked with a full spectrum of clients ranging from professional athletes such as the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, NBA and NHL players, all the way to “weekend warriors” or individuals just starting to become more active.
What I do
Using nutrition, I can help you achieve your health and/or performance goals in a variety of different ways. I am available for individual dietary counseling, group or team workshops, grocery shopping tours, and educational cooking demonstrations for children, teens, adults and families.
I have experience working with individuals who have various digestive health conditions, including the following:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Celiac disease
- Ulcers / ulcer disease
- Other functional gut disorders
On the sports nutrition side, here are some examples of what I can help athletes or anyone active with:
- Optimize training, performance and energy levels
- Increase lean body mass
- Decrease body fat
- Meet hydration needs
- Fuel at appropriate times before, during, and after training & competition
- Education around supplements
- Injury recovery
I also takes pride in helping anyone improve their overall health by using dietary methods to prevent or treat disease. I can help individuals improve cholesterol, achieve a healthy weight, prevent and fight cancer, manage blood sugar levels, improve energy, combat inflammation, pinpoint food sensitivities, and prevent stroke or cardiovascular disease.
I am a Registered Dietitian with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia and an active member of Dietitians of Canada. After completing her B.Sc. in Dietetics at McGill University, I moved to Vancouver and completed an M.Sc. in Experimental Medicine with a focus in Exercise Physiology & Nutrition at the University of British Columbia (UBC). I am also a Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP) with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP).
I currently work at Fortius Sport & Health in Burnaby, BC as a Sport Dietitian, and collaborate with gastroenterologists in Vancouver as a dietitian specializing in digestive health conditions.
"Ashley went out of her way to help me with my stomach problems, and was professional and knowledgeable throughout our correspondence. She has not only helped me figure out what I should be avoiding in my diet, but made me feel very comfortable discussing health issues that are not always easy to talk about. Thanks for your awesome, friendly service Ashley!"
— Allison Whalen, Ottawa
"Ashley helped me understand the relationship between my nutrition and energy level. I am now more productive at the office and throughout the day."
— Ryan Wilson, Vancouver, BC
I am comfortable and experienced doing media appearances for television, radio, and print. I've done television interviews with CTV News, CBC News, and Breakfast Television, have been interviewed on radio stations Mountain FM and Vancouver 1040, and have been featured in newspaper articles in the Georgia Straight and the Vancouver Sun.