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Get to Know your Ontario Dietitian Christine Devaney Towsley Print

Meet Christine Devaney Towsley, Ottawa Ontario Dietitian on Our Team! 

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Ottawa Ontario Dietitian, Christine Devaney Towsley is passionate about helping others to feel their personal best.  With over 10 years of practice experience, she has developed the skills and knowledge to support her clients through their nutrition concerns with compassion, gentleness and patience. 

She completed her nutrition studies at the University of Guelph; then moved to Timmins to fulfill her internship program through the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. 

Christine has a special interest in guiding clients to achieve ideal wellness – whether that means having more energy, less stress when meal planning, or having less digestive upset. She also enjoys supporting people living with high blood pressure, heart health issues, and body weight concerns.  

Read Christine’s full bio here: Ottawa Ontario Dietitian Christine Devaney Towsley Bio

We asked Christine a few questions so you could get to know her better! 

 

What is your background as a Virtual Registered Ontario Dietitian?

 

Upon completion of my internship in Northeastern Ontario, I joined the Timmins Family Health team as the sole dietitian.  I remained there for 3 years, working with a wonderful multidisciplinary team to provide support to patients of all ages and backgrounds.  This role allowed me to build my knowledge base and hone in on the “nutrition prescriptions” for a multitude of health concerns. I was responsible for providing health education to groups by creating workshops and presentations. There is great joy in hearing others share their stories in a group setting.  I was often inspired by the courage of individuals to share their setbacks and successes, which was a great comfort to others who believed they were alone in their struggle. 

Christine Devaney-Towsley in Timmins Northern Ontario

 

After leaving the north I moved back to my hometown of Ottawa where I would spend the next 7 years as an in-store dietitian with Loblaw.  In this role I was not only responsible for supporting individual and group clients with their nutrition and health concerns I also provided education to groups via demonstrations, store tours, school presentations, cooking classes, outreach events and workplace presentations.  I was proudly the Loblaw media lead for Ottawa and was featured on several live morning news TV segments.   

the produce aisle of a grocery store. A woman in a white tshirt and black pants holding an orange basket is selecting an apple

 

These experiences afforded me the opportunity to understand how unique we truly are when it comes to our nutrition and eating history.  I have had the pleasure of getting to know hundreds of clients, guiding them towards their own path to wellness.   

I look forward to this new chapter with Health Stand, as we help clients achieve success on their own unique journeys! 

 

What is your favourite part about 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 is one myth you want to clear up about Dietitians?

 

That we are all foodies who love to cook, bake and meal plan!  I personally have never enjoyed cooking or baking.  I have to really be in the mood for a certain meal or baked good to take the time to shop for ingredients and prepare it.  I’m more of a “simple, yet satisfying” type of cook.  The majority of dinner’s we make at our house take about 30 mins to prepare, and that’s long enough for me! 

 

What is your favourite nerdy nutritious food chosen for health?

 

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! 

A wooden bowl of nutritional yeast on a tabletop. The yeast is a mustard yellow color and in thin flakes

 

What is your favourite soulful food chosen for taste, enjoyment and social fun?

 

I absolutely love going out for dinner with my husband or close friends. There’s something so special about sharing a meal with others, sipping wine and enjoying appetizers and laughs with people you love. I love shrimp or yam tempura if its sushi night, tofu stir-fries, margaritas with fajitas…or sharing fresh baked chocolate chip cookies still warm from the oven with my kids. 

 

Looking for simple meal planning tips and healthy recipes for a healthier lifestyle? Sign up for our weekly newsletter for a healthy recipe of the week (and nutrition articles and videos with a balanced living philosophy to help encourage healthy habits but still save room for your favorites). Our nutrition newsletter is written by the Online / Calgary Nutritionists on our team who each hold a professional Registered Dietitian license to ensure you are getting credible advice. 

Looking for a private licensed Ontario Dietitian Nutritionist for your personal needs?  Contact us if you live in Toronto, the GTA, Ottawa or other Ontario locations as Christine Devaney Towsley can help you achieve your goals for meal planning success as a busy family, achieving your personal best weight, learning to become an intuitive eater and how to navigate heart health concerns, IBS and more.  Learn more about our Ontario Registered Dietitian nutrition counseling services here: Nutrition Counseling Services

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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

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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.”
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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