Annapolis Valley & West Hants
Are you in search of counselling services or advice from a Registered Dietitian?
Look for *Accepting New Clients* below!
Cathy Lockerbie-Forrester, RD
Dietitian; Manager of Support Services, Annapolis Royal Nursing Home
902-532-2240 ext 239
Cathy has been a dietitian for 27 years working in a variety of roles including clinical, private practice, education and management. She obtained her degree from St. FX and completed a graduate internship at the Brantford General Hospital. Cathy started working at the Annapolis Royal Nursing Home 20 years ago doing the clinical consulting 4 hrs/wk. The role evolved over the years and she now manages Support Services as well. She has worked and volunteered with NSDA for many years in a variety of roles, including Registrar and on the Continuing Competence Committee. Cathy has chaired the NS Food & Environmental Service Workers Course Advisory Committee and is a Zone 1 rep on the NS Dietitians’ Continuing Care Action Group. Cathy lives in the beautiful Annapolis Valley with her husband, two boys, a
dog and a cat. Whether its camping, hiking, swimming, soccer, science experiments in the kitchen or enjoying a movie together, spending time with her family is a favourite thing to do.
Food Service Management
Clarissa Smith, RD
Registered Dietitian at Simply for Life Kentville
** Accepting New Clients! **
Clarissa became interested in nutrition after experiencing her own weight gain throughout adolescence and young adulthood. After completing her first year at Memorial University, she decided that she needed to take her future and her health into her own hands and began a 6 year journey, resulting in a 60lb weight loss. During this time, she decided that she wanted to use food and nutrition to help others live a healthy lifestyle as well as manage many health conditions. Clarissa studied dietetics at Mount Saint Vincent University, and completed her dietetic internship at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She is excited to use her knowledge, as well as her personal health and lifestyle experiences, to guide others on the path to a healthier future.
At Simply for Life, Clarissa guides clients with meal plans, nutrition education and counselling that work for their lives. She has helped clients with a variety of conditions including cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, weight management, inflammatory conditions, gut health issues, and family nutrition.
Deirdre Burns, P.Dt
Clinical Dietitian, Stroke & General Medicine at Valley Regional Hospital
Deidre Burns completed Biology and Nutrition degrees at Acadia University in 1999 and completed her internship at the QEII in 2001. After that she worked for several years in community and long term care prior to finding her “forever” job on the Stroke Team at Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville, NS, where she has been since 2008.
Deidre is currently Co-chair of Dietitians of Canada’s Dysphagia Assessment and Treatment Network, where she works to support the development of Dysphagia competence in Canadian dietitians. She was author of DC’s “Swallow Screen and Assessment” online course, and a primary reviewer for the “Professional Practice in Dysphagia Management” and “Nutrition Care Process for Dysphagia” on-line courses. She was also a primary reviewer for the Role paper “Defining the Role of the Dietitian in Dysphagia Assessment and Management” (March 2015) and competencies document “Competencies for Dysphagia Assessment and Management in Dietetic Practice” (Jan 2019).
Deidre is also a PEN supporter, currently re-writing PEN’s Evidence Background document for Dysphagia. Dysphagia is truly Deidre’s passion and she is always happy to share her knowledge and expertise.
Acute Care Nutrition
Erika Gardham, P.Dt
Clinical Dietitian, Valley Regional Hospital Hip and Knee Clinic
Erika works as the Outpatient Dietitian at Western Kings Memorial Health Centre in Berwick where she helps counsel and support patients in chronic disease management, prevention, and over all health optimization with all ages. In this role she also works with the community, running health programs. As well, she is the dietitian at the Valley Regional Hospital Hip and Knee Clinic where she counsels patients individually and facilitates the PreHab program which is a pre-surgical education and exercise program.
Howard Selig, P.Dt
General Manager, Valley Flaxflour Ltd
Howard is a Registered Dietitian, Chef, and Certified Foodservice Manager who co-owns, with his wife Wendy Rodda, Valley Flaxflour Ltd. located in Middleton, NS. As corporate General Manager, Howard oversees the general functioning of the business, lead recipe and product development activities, and manage marketing and sales.
For over 20 years Howard has been supporting the use of flax as a component of Valley Flaxflour Ltd's proprietary natural bowel care program “as easy as eating” in long term care facilities, health clinics and hospitals throughout Atlantic Canada and Ontario. In more recent years, Valley Flaxflour Ltd's freshly milled ingredients and mixes have expanded to include gluten free, non-GMO, Canadian flax, oats, buckwheat and corn. Products are now sold in retail under the Valley Kitchen brand at local markets, Sobey’s stores throughout the Atlantic Provinces, and mail-order across Canada.
Howard believes that making healthy dietary choices, encouraged by a community which provides appropriate financial and social supports, can help people enjoy an improved quality of life by reducing their risk of many all-too-common and avoidable diseases and may help relieve the tremendous stress we are currently experiencing in our medical system.
Jillian Walsh, RD, RP(Q)
Clinical Director, Nova Scotia Team Lead, Change Creates Change Eating Disorder Care
** Accepting New Clients **
Jillian Walsh is the founder, lead Registered Dietitian, and therapist at Change Creates Change Eating Disorder Care in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Jillian helps children and youth (up to age 25) living with eating disorders and provides support for parents to help their child through eating disorder recovery. Jillian graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and completed a dietetic internship at Eastern Health in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She recently graduated with a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology and completed a practicum at the London Health Sciences Centre Adult Eating Disorders Service. She has worked at various eating disorder programs across Canada and has been working with eating disorders for 8 years. Jillian is experienced in Family Based Therapy (Maudsley Approach), Emotion-Focused Therapy, The Maudsley Model and more.
Lisa deMolitor, PDt
Dietitian, Valley Regional Hospital Diabetes Centre
Lisa moved back to her Maritime roots in 2015 from British Columbia and currently works exclusively in Diabetes. Previously, she practiced in acute, outpatient, and residential nutrition.
Nutrition for Pregnancy
Rebecca Robar, RD
Registered Dietitian, Atlantic Superstore
** Accepting New Clients! **
I have been working with Atlantic Superstore as an in-store dietitian since March 2015, where I service the Lower Sackville and Windsor locations.
Food plays a powerful role in our lives, being at the center of wellness, enjoyment, and celebration. As a retail dietitian, I get the pleasure of working with all members of the community as they look to achieve a positive relationship with food, offering a variety of individual and group services including store tours, nutrition consultations, education workshops and food demonstrations.
I provide education on a number of topics, from meal planning and achieving a healthy weight to managing digestive discomfort and diabetes. Contact me today and begin your journey to a healthier you!
Digestive Health & Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Understanding Food Labels
Sarah Dacey, PDt
Sarah completed her Bsc. Human Nutrition at St. FX then went on to complete a dietetic internship and began her career in Long term care. Other paths lead Sarah to home care with the last 12 years practicing as a Certified Diabetes Educator in a Diabetes outpatient setting and acute care. 17 years later Sarah returned back to NS to enjoy a hobby farm with her spouse and two children.
Stephanie Gagnon, RD
In-Store Dietitian at Atlantic Superstore in Yarmouth and Digby
** Accepting New Clients! **
Stephanie is an In-Store Dietitian with Atlantic Superstore servicing the Yarmouth and Digby locations. She graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Human Nutrition and completed the Integrated Internship Program.
She has a big passion for nutrition education and takes pride in providing people with the tools necessary to learn how to live a more balanced healthier life. With experience in chronic disease prevention and management and also has a love for cooking really good food, you can be sure to find great support as an In-store Dietitian. Stephanie offers various programs, such as educational tours to help discover healthier products or individual consultations with an in depth focus on personal nutrition goals.
Grocery Store Tours
Victoria Pike, Dietitian
Manager of Nutrition, Wellness and Sustainability at Acadia University
Originally from Newfoundland, Victoria completed her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics degree in 2017 with the 2+2 Memorial University and Acadia University program.
Victoria is currently working at Acadia University with Compass Group Canada as the Manager of Nutrition, Wellness and Sustainability with Acadia Dining Services. Victoria is passionate about food sustainability and food security, and has a wide variety of experience in one-on-one and group counselling, program planning and food service management.
Food Service Management