Dietitians Day 2023
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Discover why we love being dietitians + our favourite soulful & healthful foods!

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Today, March 15, 2023, will mark the fourteenth year of celebrating Dietitians Day in Canada. Dietitians Day is a great way to spotlight the profession as a reminder that dietitians are there to help guide people into developing a healthy and joyous relationship with food and their body using their specialized knowledge and skills.

So today, we would love to give a huge shout out to the Health Stand Nutrition’s Registered Dietitians and other dietitians around Canada.

In honour of this special day, we at Health Stand Nutrition would love to share why each of our dietitian’s love being a dietitian and certain foods that are just irresistible to us!

Andrea Holwegner

Why do I love being a Dietitian?

I love being a Dietitian!  It is an honour to be able to have a direct impact on the health, mental health and productivity of individuals, families and organizations.  What you eat and how you eat has a profound impact on how we feel and the quality of life we have now and for the future.  It’s very rewarding work. I especially enjoy teaching people how to eat well and still have a life that combines getting enough nerdy nutritious vegetables and still squeeze in room for our favorite foods chosen for taste and social fun (such as chocolate or potato chips). 

What are your Favourite Healthful or Soulful Foods?

As the Chocoholic Dietitian, I will be celebrating with strawberries AND chocolate. I will eat my veggies but also finish the day with a lovely glass of red wine (after all, eating fully is about eating healthfully and soulfully.

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Andrea Holwegner, BSc, RD The Chocoholic NutritionistTM
CEO (Chief Energy Officer), Online Course Facilitator & Professional Speaker

Pronouns: She/Her

Andrea Holwegner is the energetic founder and CEO of Health Stand Nutrition Consulting Inc. established in 2000. Her mission is to empower people to create a healthy and joyous relationship with food and their body.

She has counseled thousands of individuals and groups, including Olympic athletes, CEOs and employees in all different types of industries. She is also known as the chocoholic nutritionist, believing anyone can achieve health without guilt or complexity, and that the secret to success is having fun.

She leads a team of experienced dietitians that help busy families with meal planning success, weight concerns, eating disorders, digestive issues, sports nutrition, heart health, diabetes and more.

Andrea is the creator of a one-of-a-kind online nutrition program The Pursuit of HealthinessTM that focuses on helping busy people and time-strapped employees in companies achieve better health, meal planning success and move towards their personal best weight.

Andrea is one of a handful of Registered Dietitians in North America who are qualified professional speakers. She knows how to deliver relevant content mixed with humor and fun, capturing corporate, association and government audiences with a buzz that’s better than caffeine! Her simple ideas elevate productivity, work-life balance and health in a wide range of corporate, government and association audiences.

Andrea is a regular guest in the media and has been an on-air expert for Global Calgary Morning News, Breakfast Television, CTV Morning News, QR77 Radio and CBC News. She has written for the Calgary Herald newspaper and has been interviewed by CBC Radio in almost every province in Canada.

As a consultant on health trends and spokesperson for the food, grocery and restaurant industry, companies such as the healthy smoothie franchise Jugo Juice work and AG/Buy-Low Foods work with Andrea for her understanding of health-conscious consumers and to enhance credibility of marketing initiatives. Andrea is also the nutrition consultant for Brightpath Early Learning Inc., a publicly-traded company and leader in Canadian childcare.

Packed with knowledge, Andrea has/is:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition & Food Sciences and Dietetic Internship from the University of Alberta.
  • A certified Craving Change™ expert specializing in strategies for problematic and emotional eating
  • A member of the Dietitians of Canada, the College of Dietitians of Alberta, the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and the Global Speakers Federation
  • A member of the Employee Health Insurance Advisory Committee and Private Practice Interest Group for the Dietitians of Canada
  • Recipient of a regional award by the Dietitians of Canada: The Speaking of Food & Healthy Living Award for Excellence in Consumer Education.

In her spare time, Andrea enjoys skiing and mountain biking in the Canadian Rockies. As a foodie she also adores sipping wine with her husband over a delicious meal. Most of all, she loves being a mom and playing in the dirt in the vegetable garden she grows with her son.

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Jana Spindler 

Why do I love being a Dietitian?

That is easy. The people! I have met some of the most incredible people through my work. Not only do I work with an amazing team and get to collaborate with many of the mental health professionals in Alberta, but I work with some of the most resilient and inspiring clients. In this role, I get to know my clients on a deeper level as we often work together for a longer period of time. I truly appreciate the relationships that have been built through our work together.

What are your Favourite Healthful or Soulful Foods? 

Oats or Oatmeal! They are so versatile, cheap, and filling when combined with other great flavours and ingredients. They can be used as breakfast, in baking, as a topping, or a snack. Plus, they are jam packed with fibre and nutrients.

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Jana Spindler, BSc, RD Registered Dietitian & Online Nutritionist 
Specialty: Disordered Eating, Emotional Eating, Mental Health & Sports Nutrition

Pronouns: She/Her

Fitness enthusiast and lover of all things food, Jana is passionate about helping her clients improve their relationship with food and their body. She is a strong, motivational leader.  Jana also offers the balance of a warm, supportive coaching style to nudge her clients from their comfort zone while feeling safe and supported.

Originally from a small town in Nova Scotia, Jana grew up cooking hearty comfort food in the family kitchen and playing any sport she could. Jana moved to the Prairies to study Mechanical Engineering and to play competitive basketball for the University of Saskatchewan. After studying nutrition on the side for some time, she decided to make the switch from engineering and dive into the field of nutrition.

As a high-level athlete, Jana saw firsthand the impact that nutrition can have on sports performance. She tweaked her own nutrition and saw great benefits in her achievements, strength and recovery time. This further sparked her interest in nutrition and learning as much as she could about sports nutrition for athletes and recreational fitness enthusiasts in the gym.

She has experience working in a range of environments including general nutrition and heart health education as a clinical dietitian for neuro-rehab patients.  She has also provided nutrition counselling for clients of a personal training facility and worked as a family educator in a childhood obesity prevention program.

As her career progressed, Jana has developed a niche in working with recovering yo-yo dieters, eating disorders and mental health clients. Jana’s philosophy focuses on working towards enjoyment of all foods (including her favorite treats of date squares and fresh baked cookies) and body confidence. Jana has a very rare background of being both a sports nutritionist and an eating disorder dietitian.  She has a special interest in helping athletes use nutrition as their competitive edge while maintaining a healthy relationship with food and their body image.

Jana has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan. She completed her accredited dietetic internship through the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region. Jana is registered with the College of Dietitians of Alberta and Dietitians of Canada. She is a Certified Craving Change™ Facilitator and has experience working with clients who are engaged in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused Family Therapy, EMDR and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She is currently working towards her Masters in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University to fulfill her goal to practice as both a Dietitian and Therapist.

Jana continues to be a fitness enthusiast today. She loves hiking, running, biking, basketball and “lifting heavy” things” for fun in the gym. She enjoys chasing her nieces and nephews around, coaching girls basketball and travel. Jana believes in living the healthiest life that you can honestly enjoy!


Registered Dietitian Saskatoon Alison Friesen Online Nutritionist

Alison Epp

Why do I love being a Dietitian?

My favourite part about being a Registered Dietitian is having the opportunity to connect with clients and support them in their health journey. During my athletic career, I had a difficult relationship with food and I was fortunate to receive excellent support. I want to use my experience and education to provide this type of support to others. I also love food and cooking and get excited when I see others learning to play with food in the kitchen and reap the benefits!

What are your Favourite Healthful or Soulful Foods?

Spinach! I admit I’ve added some pretty crazy things into smoothies but spinach has to be my favorite. Spinach is very versatile and is a powerhouse of nutrients.  For those that don’t like spinach, the best part about it is that in a smoothie, you can’t even taste it (unless you add way too much which I have done once or twice). I also really enjoy a spinach salad with cheese, nuts, vegetables and fruit, it is one of my favorite sides to a meal. You will always find spinach in my fridge and freezer!

I am also a sucker for popcorn. Not just any popcorn, I love buttery popcorn with seasonings. My favorites being white cheddar or nacho! A big bowl of popcorn and a good movie and I am certainly happy!

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Alison Epp, BSc, RD Registered Dietitian & Online Nutritionist 
Specialty: Disordered Eating, Mental Health, Sports Nutrition & Fertility

Empathy and kindness are two things you will notice about Alison, oh, and her love of good food and sport! Alison is known for her client-centered approach that looks at a person as a whole in all aspects of physical, mental and spiritual health.  She uses a blend of nutrition research and behavior change principles to help individuals create meaningful and lasting change. While she has diverse experience in a wide range of areas, she specializes in eating disorders (such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder) as well as sports nutrition and fertility. She is compassionate and certainly won’t expect you to be perfect in your journey to achieve a healthy pregnancy, recover from an eating disorder or improve sports performance. She is passionate about helping you find peace with food (including soulful foods chosen for taste such as her favorites like a bowl of buttery popcorn or a burger with fries).

Alison grew up in Cochrane Alberta playing sports competitively starting from a young age.  This background allowed her to understand the importance of fueling her body to improve energy and performance. After attending the University of Saskatchewan she worked full-time for the Sport Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan. This allowed her to work with a large range of competitive athletes including national level teams, Paralympic athletes, the NHL/WHL as well as University, provincial and club sport teams. This gave Alison a wealth of experience and sparked her to start her own private practice in Saskatoon.

As Alison continued to work in the area of women’s health and sport nutrition, she saw some of the great challenge’s athletes face, specifically in the area of mental health. This pushed her to work with more clients struggling with their relationships with food and body while still understanding the desire to compete as an athlete. She even started a podcast, The Warrior, with hopes to inspire and educate individuals with stories from those who have overcome significant challenges.

Alison has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan and completed her accredited dietetic internship through the Saskatoon Health Region. She is registered with the Saskatchewan Dietitians Association (SDA) and College of Dietitians of Alberta. She is also a member of the Professionals in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport (PINES), Dietitians of Canada Sports Nutrition Network, Saskatoon Weight Attitudes and Disordered Eating Committee and the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians (IFEDD).

Alison is a Certified Craving ChangeTM Facilitator specializing in strategies for problematic and emotional eating.  She is also currently taking her Master’s of Counseling Psychology through Providence Seminary to fulfill her goal of working as both a Dietitian and Psychologist to better support her clients.

When Alison is not working, she is a mom to a vibrant and strong little girl. She has stayed a sport enthusiast enjoying swimming, volleyball or snowboarding (or really any new sport introduced to her). Her and her husband are excited to introduce their growing family to sports as well.



Shauna Kime

Why do I love being a Dietitian?

My favourite part about being a Registered Dietitian is getting to build relationships with my clients and understanding how to best help them.

I love engaging with clients and helping them restore their relationship with food. I have a passion for being in the kitchen, whether it is baking or cooking and I hope to share that with those I get to work with.

What are your Favourite Healthful or Soulful Foods?

I love all things food but my favourite soulful food is ice cream, no matter the time of year or weather outside, a good bowl of ice cream is perfect. I enjoy making my own ice cream and experimenting with flavours, however peanut butter is my ULTIMATE favourite.

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Shauna Kime, BSc, RD Registered Dietitian & Online Nutritionist 
Specialty: Weight Concerns, Women’s Health, Type 1 / Type 2 Diabetes, PCOS, Heart Health & Meal Planning

The first thing you will notice about Shauna is her contagious optimism, energetic personality and zest.  Shauna loves teaching and has a heart full of compassion and empathy for helping clients work through health and weight concerns.  You can’t help to feel more confident and excited to take action to improve your health after spending time with her.

Shauna has a zeal for all things ‘food’ – from taste testing healthy, new products on the market, to experimenting with new recipes and feeding fellow foodies.  She is always eager to help others understand the countless ways to add flavor and fun with cooking to improve health for all ages and dietary needs.  Sharing her expertise in the kitchen has transformed into teaching cooking classes to kids and parents, helping them grow their love for food variety, kitchen skills and how to make healthy foods taste great. She believes all foods fit into healthy eating (including ice cream which she ranks as her top favorite even in the winter which is her favorite season).

Shauna has diverse experience travelling and working abroad as well as in Canada. She graduated from the University of Wollongong, Australia, with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics degree.  She completed her accredited dietetic internship through Campbelltown Hospital, Liverpool Hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospital, and Nutrition Australia. She then travelled throughout Europe where she further gained an appreciation for the important connection between traditions and cultural foods.

She has worked in a private clinic setting focusing on weight management, healthy eating behaviors and disordered eating. Shauna has also worked with Alberta Health Services, specializing in the area of disease management, cardiovascular disease, weight concerns and diabetes. She specializes in Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), weight concerns and has a special interest in women’s health from adolescents to menopause and beyond.

She is a member of the College of Dietitians of Alberta, The Dietitians of Canada and is a Certified Craving ChangeTM Facilitator specializing in strategies for problematic and emotional eating..

In her free time you can find her with her husband, son and dog Koda, spending time outdoors whether it is exploring the mountains or training for a 10K, half-marathon or sprint triathlon. She is also an active member of her church community and empowers adolescent girls as a youth leader. As a cookbook addict you can also naturally find her trying new recipes and hosting friends and family around the dinner table.



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Carlin Frimmel

Why do I love being a Dietitian?

I love the relational side. Just being able to sit down and connect with people where they’re at and work together towards their goals.

What are your Favourite Healthful or Soulful Foods?

This is probably the hardest question of them all. It really depends on my mood, where I am, what season it is, etc. That being said, I’m a firm bread-lover. Very few things can beat a slice of warm, fresh bread with butter and honey, in my opinion. I also absolutely love cheesecake, especially a classic New York cheesecake, maybe with a little raspberry sauce on top. Absolutely divine.

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Carlin Frimmel, BSc, RD Registered Dietitian & Online Nutritionist 
Specialty: Meal Planning, Weight Concerns, Metabolic Disease, Diabetes, Chronic Disease, Recreational Sports Nutrition

Carlin has a natural knack for connecting with people and making them feel at ease. She is known for her bright smile, sincere care, and infectious enthusiasm when working with clients. Carlin is passionate about supporting clients in their health journey, goals, and making peace with food and their body. She believes strongly in empowering people to make lasting change that suits their needs and lifestyle.

Carlin was born in Edmonton and has lived in South Africa for 7 years during her childhood. She returned to Canada to complete high school and university, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science (Dietetics Specialization) from the University of Alberta. During her dietetic internships, Carlin was able to explore a variety of clinical and public health settings but was immediately drawn to counselling work and took a keen interest in disordered eating, eating disorders, and mental health. She has experience providing ongoing virtual nutrition counselling to clients with metabolic syndrome, weight concerns, stress eating and meal planning for busy lifestyles. Through this experience, Carlin learned the value of trust building and consistent support between her and her clients, and strives to create a safe, non-judgmental environment with all her clients.

Carlin is a regulated member with the College of Dietitians of Alberta, the College of Dietitians of Ontario, College of Dietitians of BC and with Dietitians of Canada. She is committed to life-long learning and is currently enrolled in a year-long eating disorder course for Dietitians and has completed her certification as a Certified Craving ChangeTM Facilitator specializing in strategies for problematic and emotional eating.

Carlin enjoys cooking, bread baking, gardening, and outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, biking, snowboarding, and surfing. Her favourite foods to enjoy are anything bread related (sandwiches, burgers, pizza, and fresh bread, of course), craft beer, or a good slice of New York cheesecake. She combined her passion for the outdoors and cooking and started an outdoor food blog (Camp Kitchen), where she shares easy, delicious, and approachable recipes for camping and outdoor activities. She believes food is so much more than just fuel for our bodies, but can be the source of so much joy, connection, community, and creativity.

Carlin now calls Cochrane, Alberta, home, and you can often find her outdoors, enjoying the sunshine, good food, and seeking another mountain adventure.

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

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

Daniela O’Brien

Why do I love being a Dietitian?

As I have always enjoyed working in one-to-one or group counselling settings. I am very comfortable building quick and trusting relationships with my clients, listening attentively to their needs and carving the terrain for a self-motivated path to change. I sit right next to you through the crazy road of nutritional behaviour change, but you hold the steering wheel! Nothing beats this, as this is the best way I know to support you and to ensure long term change at a pace you can manage.

What are your Favourite Healthful or Soulful Foods?

My favourite healthy nutritious food changes often because there is so much to choose from, explore and love. At the moment, I would have to say medjool dates. I love them because they are healthy enough but satisfy the sweetness I also need. Add them to a nut-based smoothie, tuck a square of 90% dark chocolate in them, sprinkle chunks of them into yogurt with chia seeds or have them with really stinky hard cheese. Mmmmm delish!

In regard to soulful foods, there is so much I love, but something that’s very dear to my heart is homemade baking. If someone drops a loaf of banana bread with chocolate chips or their special one-of-a-kind baking that their grandma would make for them I will smile for ages! 

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Daniela O’Brien, BSc, RD Registered Dietitian & Online Nutritionist 
Specialty: Disordered Eating, Emotional Eating, Weight Concerns, Pre/Post-natal, Infant/Kids/Family Nutrition

Daniela is known for her contagious smile, warm approachability and collaborative approach to nutrition counselling for individuals and families. Her non-judgemental, calm demeaner mixed with confidence and clear direction is especially helpful when families are struggling with meal planning challenges, picky eating, health issues and complex eating disorders.

Daniela is fascinated by the natural complexities of family life among which food plays a central role. Feeding a family well is not just about serving health conscious meals, rather it is an art that requires good humour, plenty of joy and practical ideas that fit the flow of messy and sometimes crazy family time. Daniela is determined to help families thrive, take away the dread and power struggle of meals and enjoy delicious, simple creations and memorable table connections.

Daniela was born in Mexico City and raised in several Latin American countries. Her exposure to different foods and traditions captivated her interest in understanding how food shapes people and society. Her inquisitive approach to life and her delight in deepening her studies helped her land in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia (BC) with a full-ride scholarship where she completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Food, Nutrition and Health. She completed her dietetic internship in the Fraser Health Authority in Greater Vancouver; of course, with more questions than answers!

Daniela set out to work in the field of eating disorders in BC at the Woodstone Residence in Galiano Island and at Looking Glass Residence in Vancouver where she was a highly respected member of the multidisciplinary care team. She developed, implemented and fine-tuned the nutrition program in her role as a Clinical Dietitian and Nutrition Team Lead for residential treatment of anorexia, bulimia and other specified feeding or eating disorders. This challenging yet fascinating role quickly developed her into a compassionate listener, a caring professional and a true advocate for viewing a person beyond the shallow parameters of mere physical health.

Eating disorders would remain a big part of her career through her part-time private practice since 2011. Daniela has also served as a Dietitian in the Perinatal Nutrition Clinic and Reproductive Mental Health in BC’s Women’s Hospital, where she helped women achieve healthy pregnancies and an understanding of post-partum and infant nutrition. She has also worked at the BC Children’s Hospital for the Centre for Healthy Weights / Shapedown BC where she supported kids, teens and their families with weight concerns in collaboration with physicians, psychologists and exercise specialists. Her individual counselling and group programs always advocated for establishing a healthy relationship with food and positive body image.

Daniela is a current member of the College of Dietitians of BC, the College of Dietitians of Alberta and Dietitians of Canada. Daniela is certified as a Craving ChangeTM Facilitator specializing in strategies for problematic and emotional eating. She offers services in both English and Spanish.

When not helping clients, Daniela is busy being a dedicated wife and a mother of four! She knows first-hand the challenges of eating well when expecting, feeding picky eaters and the daily-grind of figuring out what to make for dinner tonight!



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Registered Dietitian Wan Xu

Wan Xu

Why do I love being a Dietitian?

My favourite part about being a Dietitian is actually connecting with my clients. As I mentioned above, I love helping out people, the more the better! Despite all the challenges in life, I do believe that somehow everyone still has a unique awesome life that I would just love to learn about and be part of as their Dietitian. The fact that I can be helpful and offer meaningful resources to my clients in their journey of recovery fulfills me and makes me happy. I enjoy continuing to bust many myths about food and nutrition and remind many clients the reason dieting does not work is not because of them but the diet itself. 

What are your Favourite Healthful or Soulful Foods?

Bubble tea!  I enjoy bubble tea in Canada as it reminds me of home.  In fact, in my hometown, there’s a lot more variations of bubble tea (i.e., sweet drinks/soups), and my favourite one is the mango pomelo sago (in simplified Chinese, 杨枝甘露). I used to enjoy trying out different sweet drinks with my friends on the weekend, or stop by a sweet soup place when mom and I got tired from shopping. To me, it’s such a treat that has also been blended in lots of sweet memories. 

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Wan Xu BSc, RD Registered Dietitian & Online Nutritionist 
Specialty: Disordered Eating, Mental Health, Emotional Eating, Intuitive Eating, ADHD, Asian Diets, Weight Concerns, Chronic Disease

Wan is a non-judgmental, client-centered and weight-inclusive Dietitian. She enthusiastically believes that everyone can eat healthfully and soulfully (but how we define this will look very different from one person to another). She’s proud of being a practical Dietitian who’s skilled in simplifying complex science into easy-to-understand ideas and strategies you can take home and implement seamlessly. She enjoys connecting with a wide range of clients, especially those who struggle with mental health concerns, eating disorders and those that have a complicated or stressful relationship with food and their body. Validation, compassion and empowerment are ways Wan engages her clients to help them move forward on their eating and health journey at a pace they can manage. You can count on her to obtain feedback so that she can adjust her approach to best meet the needs of her clients.

Wan was born and raised in Shenzhen, one of the biggest cities in China and is fluent in Mandarin and English. She came to Canada alone to pursue her nutrition degree at the University of Saskatchewan. This unique experience was indeed challenging but has also inspired Wan to support others from different cultures on the best way to bridge healthy eating with their favorite cultural foods.

Wan completed her accredited dietetic internship through the Saskatoon Health Region and has experience working with both adult and pediatric populations.  She has worked in Saskatchewan and Alberta as a Mental Health and Eating Disorder Dietitian supporting people with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, ARFID, yo-yo dieting recovery and emotional eating support. She has also supported people with other mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, trauma, bipolar disorder and personality disorder, to enhance their nutrition and health.  Given Wan has experience working in both hospital and community settings she has facilitated care collaboration among a range of healthcare providers such as physicians, pediatricians, psychiatrists, mental health therapists, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists and pharmacists.

Wan is registered with the College of Dietitians of Alberta, the College of Dietitians of British Columbia, and Dietitians of Canada. Because of her special interest in mental health, Wan has also completed various levels of trainings such as intuitive eating, mindful eating, Health At Every Size, as well as continues to deepen her understanding in therapeutic treatment methods used by therapists she collaborates with including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, family-based therapy, trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment therapy, narrative therapy, and solution focused therapy.

Wan lives in Red Deer, Alberta with her partner, who is also a Dietitian. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, dancing, swimming, berry-picking, and of course, being a foodie and exploring the tastiest foods in town. For fun Wan likes to show her pediatric clients images of her adorable collection of stuffed animals to show them they can still be a kid at times in a grown-up world. Despite missing the ocean and humid warm weather she grew up with, she has embraced winter in Canada and enjoys sledding (if checking out Christmas lights doesn’t count).

Christine Devaney Towsley

Why do I love being a Dietitian?

The best part about this profession is providing guidance to so many different people from all walks of life. It’s having them trust me to help support them through their challenges, and to be able to see their lives improve throughout the course of our work together.  It’s meeting each client where they’re at, and working together to come up with small, tangible steps to achieve optimal wellness.

What are your Favourite Healthful or Soulful Foods?

The first one that comes to mind is nutritional yeast.  As I am unable to enjoy dairy products, I am able to add a little bit of cheesiness to grilled veggies, popcorn and spaghetti with this special ingredient.  Plus, I always enjoy knowing I’m getting a good B12 boost at the same time!

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Christine Devaney Towsley B.A.Sc., RD Registered Dietitian & Online Nutritionist 
Specialty: Weight Concerns, Intuitive Eating, Heart Health, Family Nutrition, IBS (Irritable Bowel Disease)

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 certified as a 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.


Registered Dietitian Saskatoon Alison Friesen Online Nutritionist
Registered Dietitian Saskatoon Alison Friesen Online Nutritionist

Britney Lentz

Why do I love being a Dietitian?

My favorite part about being a dietitian is getting a front row seat to the “aha!” moments that my clients experience as they learn how to nourish their unique bodies. It is such an honour to walk alongside individuals who are working hard to heal from dieting and disordered eating, and I love when I hear clients tell me about their breakthrough moments as they work to cultivate attunement to their own body cues. 

I’m also a big fan of using my science background to myth bust diet culture misinformation and cut through a lot of the BS that we see and hear on social media. I’m known to get a little nutrition nerdy on occasion!

What are your Favourite Healthful or Soulful Foods?

At the risk of playing into the “classic dietitian” stereotype, I love kale – lacinato kale in particular. My favorite lunch recipe is a kale Caesar salad with roasted chickpeas and farro. I love a good garlic-y dressing, and the texture of the kale in that salad is so satisfying to me!

There’s nothing more soulful than my mom’s banana bread with extra chocolate chips! I know she makes it with love, because I have followed her recipe in my own kitchen, and it never tastes quite the same.

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Britney Lentz BSc, RD Registered Dietitian & Online Nutritionist 
Specialty: Disordered eating, intuitive eating, mental health, IBS and digestive health, emotional eating, chronic disease

Pronouns: She/Her

One of the first things you’ll notice about Britney is her energy, zest for life and love of food! Britney is passionate about supporting her clients in developing a healthy and satisfying relationship with food and their bodies, allowing them to live life to the fullest. Her approach is supportive and compassionate – she will meet you where you are at and walk alongside you to find your joy in eating.

Born and raised in Calgary, Britney grew up with a love of science and the arts, spending most of her teenage years dancing competitively. Britney moved to Vancouver to pursue an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of British Columbia and stumbled upon nutrition in an elective course. She found the intersection of food and science fascinating, and switched her major to Food, Nutrition and Health. After graduation, Britney sought to do more with food and nutrition, desiring to go deeper into clinical practice to help people fall in love with food and nourishing their bodies. She returned to the University of British Columbia for a second degree and completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Food, Nutrition and Health and completed her accredited dietetic internship with the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

Britney has experience working in a range of areas, including executive medical health, family meal planning, heart health, digestive health and mental health in her previous role as a Mental Health Dietitian and Clinical Dietitian for Telus Health Care Centre. She has also provided staff relief in outpatient pediatric diabetes at BC Children’s Hospital and has written professional content for a digestive health agency. Britney first discovered her interest in mental health early in her career when she provided staff relief atLooking Glass Residence for residential treatment of anorexia, bulimia and other specified feeding or eating disorders. She went on to work as a Clinical Dietitian for Fraser  Health North Eating Disorders Program and since then, has been passionately interested in helping individuals heal from yo-yo dieting, disordered eating, and restrictive eating disorders. Britney’s philosophy is that all foods can fit into our eating patterns, recognizing that food is so much more than the nutrients it contains – it brings us joy, connection, flavour, and fun!

Britney is a regulated member of the College of Dietitians of British Columbia, the College of Dietitians of Alberta and Dietitians of Canada. She is currently working towards her designation as a Certified Intuitive
Eating Counsellor giving her a more specialized skillset in helping her clients make peace with food and rediscover the pleasures of eating. She is also working towards her certification as a Certified Craving ChangeTM Facilitator specializing in strategies for problematic and emotional eating and has specialized training in digestive health issues after completing training in the Low FODMAP diet from the Monash University..

When she’s not working with clients, you can find Britney out hiking in the mountains or trying to find the city’s best cinnamon bun. She also spends a lot of time with her pup and best pal, Parker, who hopes to become a therapy dog when he grows up!


Courtney Skanderup

Why do I love being a Dietitian?

I love talking to people and creating genuine connections. Everyone needs to eat and for many of us food is tied to memories and experiences. I love hearing these stories and helping people create a healthy relationship with food. Getting to know clients and learning how I can best support them around food and their health is extremely rewarding.

What are your Favourite Healthful or Soulful Foods?

My favourite healthful foods are apples with sliced cheese or sliced cucumber with salt and pepper. I usually have an apple a day and have gotten my boyfriend hooked on apples as well. We go through an absurd amount in our household!
My favourite soulful foods change frequently. At this time my favourites are puffed wheat squares, cheddar crispy minis, and oreos with tea. A day is not complete without some soulful food thrown in there.
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Courtney Skanderup MSc, RD, CSG Registered Dietitian & Online Nutritionist 
Specialty: Disordered eating, mental health, emotional eating, intuitive eating, chronic disease, geriatrics/seniors health, swallowing issues

Pronouns: She/Her

Thoughtful and empathetic are words often used to describe Courtney. She strives to create genuine connections with clients and works to create an inclusive space for all. She is passionate about working with individuals struggling with health issues, yo-yo dieting recovery, disordered eating and helping clients feel at peace with food and their bodies.

Courtney grew up in Calgary and was active in figure skating and provincial level field hockey. Upon graduating high school, she moved to Vancouver and completed a Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition, and Health, majoring in Dietetics at the University of British Columbia. She completed her internship in Kamloops, B.C. with Interior Health. Courtney has extensive experience in nutrition for seniors, chronic disease management and texture modified diets for dysphagia (swallowing issues) given her diverse role in caring for over 130 residents in a complex care geriatrics facility. She has had the opportunity to work with the Ismaili Muslim Community and appreciates the cultural significance of food and family. Courtney also has experience providing nutrition counselling at a family medical clinic where she saw physician referrals for family meal planning, heart disease, IBS issues, diabetes, weight concerns and more. Although she has experience in multiple specialties, Courtney finds her spark working with those struggling with disordered eating. Having experienced an eating disorder and recovery in her teens, as well as volunteer work with a non-profit eating disorder foundation, she has great compassion and understanding in this area.

Courtney is a member of Dietitians of Canada and is registered with the College of Dietitians of Alberta and the College of Dietitians of British Columbia. She is a life-long learner and continually works to further her knowledge to best support her clients. Courtney recently completed her Master of Science in Dietetics from North Dakota State University with a focus on eating disorders, weight stigma, pregnancy, and infant health. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition, Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor and currently working towards her certification as a Certified Craving ChangeTM Facilitator specializing in strategies for problematic and emotional eating.

Courtney loves spending time with friends, family, and her dog, Pepper. She enjoys being active outside, long walks listening to true crime podcasts (any True Crime Obsessed fans out there?), a cozy latté, craft beer, and Greek food – including crispy, salty, Greek pizza. She has completed yoga teacher training and previously taught aerial yoga. She loves crafting and her pandemic project was a large macrame arch. She enjoys trying new recipes, experiencing new tastes at restaurants, and sharing food with others. She finds great satisfaction in baking bread or biscuits and is still trying to master the art of a perfect pie crust.

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Jaimie Lee Kwong

Why do I love being a Dietitian?

My favourite part about being a Dietitian is using both my scientific and practical knowledge around food to help individuals find their own versions of healthful and soulful eating. There is nothing more rewarding than watching clients reconnect with their food and seeing them have an “aha” moment once finding the food solutions that work best for them!

What are your Favourite Healthful or Soulful Foods?

One of my favourite nutritious foods and pantry staples are hemp hearts because of their versatility! I like to add them to smoothies, yogurt bowls and baking to add a little extra protein
and fibre.

While I have a laundry list of favourite foods, one of my top favourites are noodles! Growing up in a Chinese family, I have fond memories sitting around the table with everyone and enjoying a hot bowl of Chinese noodle soup and to this day it is still a comfort food of mine! I love that food has the power to bring people together and I’ll never turn down an opportunity to meet up with friends and family to share a meal together.

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Jamie Lee Kwong BSc, RD Registered Dietitian & Online Nutritionist 
Specialty: Disordered eating, pediatrics, mental health, emotional eating, family meal planning, chronic disease, anti-inflammatory eating, arthritis

Jamie will greet you with a warm and approachable smile that has a way of putting you at ease. You can count on her to be adaptive and collaborative in coming up with right-fit solutions that meet your health, mental health and family needs.

Jamie was born and raised in Calgary and destined to be a Dietitian given the food loving family she grew up in. She was inspired to pursue a career in nutrition by her mother, who previously worked as a Dietitian. Furthermore her Chinese grandma taught at a culinary school so Jamie learned from the best about the fusion of tasty western food with traditional Chinese food. Jamie was drawn to the idea of combining her passion for both food and science into a career, which led her to move to beautiful Vancouver, BC to complete a Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition and Health at the University of British Columbia. Jamie then moved to Vancouver Island to complete her dietetic practicum, where she was able to explore a variety of practice areas in both clinical and public health settings.

Upon completing her degree, Jamie returned home to Calgary and obtained a casual Dietitian position at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and quickly grew passionate about working with families, infants and children of all age groups. During her time, Jamie has had the opportunity to provide staff relief in a variety of clinical settings, including Cardiology, Cystic Fibrosis, Oxygen and Neonatal clinics. Jamie has also spent time working at the Pediatric Centre for Weight and Health collaborating with a team of health professionals to promote healthy lifestyle habits for children and their families.

Jamie was introduced to the realm of nutrition and mental health when she began training to provide staff relief at the Calgary Eating Disorder Program. She gained experience providing both inpatient and outpatient care for adult and pediatric patients living with eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and unspecified eating or feeding disorder. Jamie’s pediatric and eating disorder experience eventually landed her further experience as a Pediatric Mental Health Dietitian at Alberta Children’s Hospital where she provides care for adolescents living with various mental health conditions including ADHD, autism, schizophrenia, somatic symptom disorder and eating disorders.

Outside of her clinical role, Jamie provides nutrition education sessions for clients living with arthritis at the Joint Effort program at the University of Calgary. She has also co-instructed an advanced nutrition course for fourth year students in the Faculty of Kinesiology for three semesters. Jamie values her role as a nutrition educator and helping clients and students translate the complex science of nutrition in ways that are meaningful and practical.

Jamie is a regulated member of the College of Dietitians of Alberta, the Saskatchewan Dietitians Association and Dietitians of Canada.  She is currently working towards her certification as a Certified Craving ChangeTM Facilitator specializing in strategies for problematic and emotional eating. When not working, you can find her outside enjoying the sunshine or catching up on the latest episode of The Bachelor or Bachelorette. Jamie also loves to explore Calgary’s growing food scene and has been nicknamed the noodle queen as she is always on the hunt for the best bowl of noodles, ramen, pho, chow mein or pasta! 


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“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.”
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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.”
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“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

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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!”
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“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.”
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