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Digestive Health

The pain and discomfort is terrible, but you are not alone

Suffering from serious digestive health disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and celiac disease is painful and sometimes embarrassing. Battling with these issues can be overwhelming and feel like a never-ending challenge.

I suffered through the pain and frustration of IBS during my childhood and adolescence. By experimenting with my diet, I was able to significantly reduce my symptoms. I understand what it’s like and because I managed to get through it, I am determined to help you achieve the success I know is possible for you.

The power of science and nutrition is here to help

My success with managing my own symptoms through diet originally motivated me to become a Registered Dietitian. Over the past years, my clients have seen a lot of success by systematically altering their diet. Depending on your particular condition, I can help you change your diet to help you manage your symptoms. One technique I use when treating clients is by analyzing short-chain carbohydrate consumption (i.e. the low FODMAP diet). This approach has been shown to be successful in multiple scientific studies and has been published in numerous peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Of course, nutrition is only one of many tools that can help you. Gastroenterologists are an invaluable medical resource and I highly recommend seeing one if your disorder is affecting your quality of life. I collaborate with gastroenterologists in the Vancouver area. This enables me to provide you with a more comprehensive approach, while also working with them on the latest low FODMAP research.

Dietitians and nutritionists are different

Registered Dietitians are food and nutrition experts who have to go through a minimum of a 4-year Bachelors of Science program in Nutritional Sciences and a 1-year supervised internship at a hospital and/or community setting. Dietitians are registered with Provincial Regulatory Bodies and are the only professionals who can use the titles “Registered Dietitian”, “Professional Dietitian” and “Dietitian”, which are protected by law. In most provinces there are no regulatory standards to protect the title “Nutritionist”, and they are not regulated by a governing body. Nutritionists can give general nutrition advice, but cannot work in hospitals and are not clinically trained to treat patients with diseases or chronic conditions. However, some provinces have “Registered Nutritionist” as a protected title, which can be used interchangeably with the title Dietitian

Flexible care delivery to fit your life

If possible, I recommend all clients have in-person consultations out of my office at Fortius Sport & Health. However, if it is impossible or inconvenient, I also offer phone or virtual sessions. 

No matter which disorder you have, I’ve got you covered

There is an amazingly wide variety of digestive health disorders out there. Below is a list of some of the more common disorders that I treat.

  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Gastroparesis
  • Gastric dumping syndrome
  • Ulcers / ulcer disease
  • Gastritis
  • Celiac disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Other functional gut disorders