Ottawa Dietitian & Online Nutritionist specializing in intuitive eating, emotional eating and family meal planning

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Christine Devaney Towsley B.A.Sc., RD

Registered Dietitian & Online Nutritionist

Specialty: intuitive eating, weight concerns, heart health, family nutrition, IBS (irritable bowel disease), pre/post natal, women’s health

A nurturer at heart, Christine will always greet you with a smile and attentive ear.  Kind hearted, empathetic and sensitive to others, Christine takes the time to connect, build trust and truly understand each client and tailors her sessions to each person’s specific needs.

A friendly and calm demeanor, combined with over a decade of clinical experience, makes Christine an ideal guide for people wanting to lead their best lives.  Experiences gained by working with people of all ages from a wide spectrum of backgrounds have provided Christine with tools to support clients with highly attuned care and practical solutions.

Christine has a special interest in weight inclusivity, metabolic syndrome, heart health, IBS and other digestive health concerns.  She also specializes in family nutrition for busy parents and steps to improve your relationship with food and body. No matter the concern, she will walk alongside you every step of the way.

Born and raised in Ottawa, Christine chose to complete her Bachelor of Science, in Applied Human Nutrition at the University of Guelph.  It was here where her love for the mechanisms of nutrients and how they each benefit the body grew.  Christine then completed her accredited dietetic internship through the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, where she was placed in both urban and rural locations throughout Northeastern Ontario.

Upon graduating internship, Christine landed a position on the Timmins Family Health team, where she was the sole Dietitian on a large multi-disciplinary health team. She was responsible for creating and disseminating nutrition education presentations and workshops, promoting and evaluating wellness initiatives, as well as individual counselling on a wide range of nutrition issues and concerns such as weight concerns, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and infant feeding.

From there, Christine moved back to her home town of Ottawa to work within the grocery industry.  Christine was one of the first Dietitians on what eventually became a national team to drive nutrition education and awareness to customers, store colleagues, and the greater community surrounding her catchment area.  As an in-store Dietitian, she was responsible for creating and providing nutrition education in the form of presentations, cooking classes, store tours, one-on-one counselling, and helped to increase customer loyalty and drive sales within her stores.  It was in this role and working with clients seeking to lose weight where she began to understand the complexities surrounding those individuals’ desire to change their body size, leading her to dive into the research surrounding diet culture and intuitive eating.  Christine was also the lead for media and regularly appeared on CTV morning television.

Christine also speaks French and is a member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario, the College of Dietitians of Alberta and Dietitians of Canada. She is also a Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor and certified as a Certified Craving ChangeTM Facilitator specializing in strategies for problematic and emotional eating.  When not working as a Dietitian, Christine is busy raising and wrangling her two young sons, catching up with friends and family, and most likely snacking on her favourite food…tortilla chips.

Christine practices as a Licensed Registered Dietitian in Many Parts of Canada (Alberta, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, NWT, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario and the Yukon)

Christine practices as an Online Nutrition Educator in Certain Parts of Canada (BC, PEI, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba) and in the United States / International Borders

Looking for assistance from an Ottawa Dietitian / Online Nutritionist with a special interest in weight concerns, emotional eating, intuitive eating and family meal planning?  Christine can assist!

Success stories

"I am a psychologist in private practice and it is very important to me that my clients have the best care with other health care professionals. For that reason Health Stand Nutrition is my only source for exceptional Dietitians. Andrea and her team provide highly knowledgeable, compassionate, and real world support to my clients who require assistance with food lifestyle. I trust my clients to them and you would be in excellent hands making them part of your health care team."
Adele Fox, Psychologist
“This is the first time I feel satisfied; my cravings have diminished dramatically and I have a whole new relationship with food. I am eating guilt-free for the first time in my life. My energy has also dramatically increased and I feel great!
Rhonda Jenkins, Nutrition Counseling Client
“The Dieticians at Health Stand Nutrition help you to take action on the science behind eating well by making it practical, understandable, and fun. Their office is cozy and not at all clinical or intimidating. I felt like I was sitting down with a really smart, caring friend who wanted to help me make the best choices for my lifestyle and food preferences. They really are the best in the business.”
Marty Avery, Nutrition Counseling Client
“I have come to think of the program as a one stop shopping excursion for everything one needs to know about creating a joyous relationship with food and our bodies. In a single word, the course has gifted me with freedom from the punishing rigidity of disordered eating, old stories that never were true, and body dysmorphia that did nothing but make me lose sight of a body that has done everything I've asked, despite my careless dismissal of her needs. Now when I look in the mirror I find myself shifting from harsh criticism to gentle gratitude.”
Lynn Haley, Pursuit of Healthiness Online Course Participant
“I spent 3 hours when first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I learned more from my Dietitian about food in those 3 hours than I had learned in all the years of my life. I also love the newsletter, there is always something to learn.”
Peter Whitehead, Nutrition Counseling Client
“I didn’t realize how strong my “diet mentality” was, and all the rules I had in my head about food. I was in a cycle of reward/punish/binge/cringe. I booked with your business very reluctantly, on the repeated advice of my doctor, to get my slowly rising cholesterol levels in check. I thought I knew everything about food, and my behaviour with food, but I was definitely re-schooled. My weight is creeping down, I feel good about my diet, exercise, body image, and lifestyle.”
Amy Floyd, Nutrition Counseling Client
“Thanks Andrea for an amazing presentation, I have heard all positive remarks from attendees and the evaluations show the same sentiment. It is really gratifying when a speaker does their “homework” and weaves in our profession’s day to day challenges within their content, you did an awesome job of this! You truly took the “die” out of Dietician! Your information on healthy eating and simplifying how we can work towards this as we are all so busy really hit the mark. Andrea connects very well with her audience; she is energetic, funny, and very approachable.”
Carole Ann LaGrange, Transfusion Medicine Safety Officer

Event Planner for Laboratory Diagnostic Imaging Annual Event

I am a family physician who sees patients with a myriad of eating concerns – from wanting to know how to plan healthy meals for active families, to weight loss, to eating disorders, and so on. I cannot recommend the Health Stand team highly enough. I have worked with (and been to!) other Dieticians in the past and too often find that they just ask for food logs and make suggestions that are easily obtained online or in books. The Dieticians at Health Stand offer much more than just telling clients what they “should be eating.” In contrast, the team really does more of a counselling practice, and they work hard to help their clients learn more about why their eating habits may be off track and not optimal for them, as well as helping people to effect change at a deep level that, most importantly, is sustainable for lifetime health.”
Dr. Deb Putnam, Family Physician

Nutrition Counseling Client & Referring Physician

“I am a busy mom, with kids in high level sports, working full-time downtown, and running our home acreage outside the City. I now have the knowledge and tools I need to plan for and manage the chaos of meal planning.”
Gillian Gray, Pursuit of Healthiness Online Course Participant
“As a construction company, we select speakers who can relate to our industry and its employees. Andrea’s message was delivered with humor and empathy. She makes people feel as though they can make changes without leaving behind every favorite food. Andrea focused her presentation on healthy eating as a way to keep energy high throughout the day. This message and the way it was delivered resonated with our predominantly male, blue collar culture. I would highly recommend Andrea as a speaker for groups such as ours. She will get your message across without alienating anyone in your audience – which is a huge hurdle when trying to introduce a wellness program in the workplace!”
Stephanie Wood, HR and Safety Manager

Fisher Construction Group, Burlington, WA

I found my Dietitian warm, funny, and skilled at teaching nutrition concepts without the overwhelm. The general approach of each session was to mix science with emotion, which was exceedingly effective in helping me shift my perspective on food from one of anxiety to one of joy and curiosity.”
Erin Kronstedt, Nutrition Counseling Client
“Excellent presentation! What a refreshing change to have a speaker inspire rather than “lecture” about nutrition. Your captivating stories, tips and overall approach to healthy eating uplifts and puts people at ease. It was great to hear we don’t need to strive to be perfect eaters, and that small changes really can make a difference in how we feel and in our health. Thanks to Andrea, we have solutions to our everyday nutrition challenges that can actually work in real life!”
Tina Tamagi, Human Resources

ARC Resources Ltd.

“Had I not joined this course I would have struggled with no focus, low energy, and mindless eating. Excellent teaching and motivation. This is not just a course, it is a nutrition club with mentorship, support, and connections with other people with similar situations.”
Lorri Lawrence, Pursuit of Healthiness online course participant

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