Halifax Area Non-Consulting Dietitians

Learn about Dietitians in the Halifax Area working in non-consulting areas of practice! 

Acacia Puddester, RD, MHSc
Communications Specialist and Nutrition Educator
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Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/acaciapuddester/
Email: apuddester@ryerson.ca

Having moved to Toronto to pursue a Master of Health Science in Nutrition Communications, Acacia has brought back an expertise in knowledge translation and nutrition media to her work in Nova Scotia. She has 'dipped her toes' in various work and volunteer experiences since graduating in 2018, including community nutrition, cooking classes, media coverage, adult education, program planning, research assisting, advocacy, and communications and graphic design. She loves the diversity of opportunities in the dietetic field and is eager to learn and explore. 

Currently, Acacia is working with the Global Organization of EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOED) to help create a database that will house all of the research worldwide on omega-3 in a database. This first-of-its-kind database will help healthcare professionals make more informed decisions on omega-3s and to stay up to date on this ever-changing research area. 

Acacia has also returned to Acadia University since graduating to teach. She is now preparing to teach her fourth course there and has been absolutely loving developing relationships with students, working alongside the faculty as a colleague, and building a strong skillset in adult education.

Amanda MacDonald, RD
Professional Practice Leader and Coordinator, Clinical Nutrition, IWK Health Centre
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Amanda graduated from the MSVU Integrated Internship Program in 1997 and starting working in Women's Health at the IWK before specializing in pediatric nutrition. She has worked as a clinical dietitian in nephrology and oncology at Children's Hospital of Western Ontario for five years before moving back to NS. She currently is in the positions of Professional Practice Leader and Coordinator for Clinical Nutrition and Dietitian with the Department of Allergy at the IWK Health Centre.

Specialities: ​

  • Child Nutrition

  • Food Allergies and Intolerances

Antonia Harvey, RD
Clinical Dietitian, Nova Scotia Health Authority
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Antonia is a Clinical Dietitian at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre. She works in a variety of inpatient and outpatient care areas, but her specific areas of interest include general surgery and gastrointestinal disorders, critical care nutrition, and nutrition support.

She is also completing her Master of Science in Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University. As a graduate student, her work focuses on the development of effective nutrition education programs for individuals living with a chronic disease who require a therapeutic diet. 



  • Gastrointestinal disorders

  • Acute care nutrition

  • Adult Nutrition

  • Recipe development

Ashley South, RD
Registered Dietitian in Primary Health Care; Chebucto Community Health Team
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Ashley is a Registered Dietitian with the Chebucto Community Health Team, covering the areas of Spryfield, Fairview, Clayton Park, Prospect, Tantallon and Hubbards. Originally from Dartmouth, Ashley decided to attend Mount Saint Vincent University, where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, as well as her post grad internship within Capital Health and the IWK. 

Experienced in group facilitation, behaviour change and motivational interviewing, she strives to meet community members were they are at and set realistic goals that will set them up for success. Ashley facilitates many nutrition and weight management programs like: Craving Change, Weight Management, Food for One or Two, Prediabetes and more. If you are interested to know more, please get in touch!



  • Adult Nutrition

  • Community Nutrition

  • Nutrition Workshops

  • Program Planning and Evaluation

Bonnie Smith Conrad, MAHE PDt CHE
Professional Development Consultant, IWK
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Bonnie is a Professional Development Consultant with the Learning Team at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is a registered professional dietitian with a Master of Arts in Human Ecology, specializing in community education and program evaluation. Bonnie is also former part-time faculty at Mount Saint Vincent University and former lecturer with Dalhousie Family Medicine.

As a member of the Learning Team at the IWK, Bonnie develops and supports inter-professional capacity among health care providers and staff. This occurs through consultation and facilitation of organizational learning needs, educational and professional development programming including design, implementation and evaluation; educational policy development, and by supporting change initiatives at the individual, team and organizational levels.

Bonnie has worked in healthcare for more than 25 years in the areas of organizational health, program planning & evaluation, health promotion, learning & organizational development, public health, clinical nutrition and research. She has lead and co-lead a number of initiatives over the years, such as a Healthy Eating Strategy for staff, Mental Health & Addictions Strategy for staff, Growing Up with Food educational resource, Respectful Workplace and N.S. Nutrition Month. Bonnie is also a trained facilitator with “The Working Mind” program, the “LEADS in a Caring Environment” framework and is a Myers Briggs® certified practitioner.  

Bonnie is passionate about working with health care teams and individuals in realizing and pursuing their own capacities to learn and grow. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her family and friends, reading, cooking and discovering new challenges.



  • Workplace/Community Health

  • Policy/Strategy Development

  • Program Planning and Evaluation

  • Facilitation

Cathy Chenhall, MHSc, PDt
Consultant, Population and Public Health Nutrition
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Cathy has been a licensed dietitian in NS for over 20 years, practicing predominantly in public health and public health policy for the first decade of her career. For the past 12 years, Cathy has worked as a public health nutrition research consultant, completing projects on topics including public health nutrition competencies, food policy, food literacy, healthy eating policy in public settings, and undergraduate dietetic education, among others. She is passionate about food policy, food security and all things system! Cathy is a skilled communicator and has embraced participatory leadership, integrating principles in all of her volunteer and employment opportunities. She is past chair and current member of Dietitians of Canada Regulatory Affairs Advisory Group and is currently a member of the Communications Committee of the Nova Scotia Dietetic Association. Cathy is a graduate of Mount Saint Vincent University (Bachelor of Science, Human Ecology), Victoria General Hospital Dietetic Internship Program and the University of Toronto (Masters of Health Science, Community Nutrition).


  • Community Nutrition

  • Food Security

  • Healthy Eating

Cindy Hartlen, RD
Team Lead, Cancer Care, Pharmacy, Nutrition & Food Services
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I have practiced dietetics for over 14 years and I have worked in various roles and places.

I worked with Loblaw's as a Grocery Store Dietitian for 5 years. I worked with the IWK Health Center on the Rehab and Brain Injury Response Teams. I have experience with Ketogenic diets and pediatric clinical nutrition. I am an experienced Business Systems Analyst, skilled in project coordination, application support, in healthcare management. In 2009, I left clinical nutrition, and entered into Health Informatics.  I supported Nutrition and Food Services in NS hospitals, rolling out a Software Solution, Vision Software.  I’ve gained valuable work experience and completed courses to become a Certified Professional in Health Information Management Systems (CPHIMS-CA). 



  • Food Preparation

  • Food Service Management

  • Menu Development

Elaine Duarte, RD
Provincial Project Manager, Nutrition Health Education, Nova Scotia Dairy Farmers of Canada
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After completing a B.Sc from Mount Allison University Elaine decided perusing a career as a Registered Dietitian was what she wanted and enrolled in Mount Saint Vincent University’s Applied Human Nutrition program and started practicing as a Registered Dietitian in 2007.


Elaine is the Provincial Project Manager of Nutrition, Health Education with Dairy Farmers of Canada.  She facilitates program across the province that support health education and healthy lifestyles.  


Elaine also active in projects that help support health promoting initatives in Nova Scotia's communities like the Farm to School project in the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board and various projects with Nourish Nova Scotia.  



  • Nutrition Workshops

  • Project Management

  • School Nutrition

  • Healthy Eating & Wellness

Jennifer Garus, PDt
Executive Manger Nova Scotia Dietetic Association
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Jennifer is the executive manager of the Nova Scotia Dietetic Association (NSDA), the provincial dietetic regulatory body. She has been in this role since 2007 and her role involves: competency development, legislative change, board governance, organizational management, project management, and the core functions associated with professional regulation. Prior to this, she practiced as a clinical and community dietitian in several provinces in a variety of practice settings, which included an outpatient department and small hospital, long-term care facilities, industry, home care, private practice, public health, and telehealth. Her past dietetic experience has been especially relevant to the development of practice standards, competencies, and most recently, NSDA’s jurisprudence e-learning module. Jennifer is currently completing her Masters of Science in Applied Human Nutrition program at MSVU. Her thesis relates to professional ethics and she draws on her experiences in the writing of an autoethnography.

Jill White, RD
School Nutritionist, Halifax Regional School Board
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902.464.2000 ext 2180

Jill White is the School Nutritionist at the Halifax Regional School Board, providing nutrition support to schools for the planning and implementation of programs, projects and activities that support the Food and Nutrition Policy for Nova Scotia Public Schools and is actively involved in the revision of this policy. She has helped to ‘grow’ the number of schools with a food garden. Jill is passionate about creating a healthy future for our children and youth and is a strong supporter of school breakfast programs knowing that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Jill is also a founding board member of Nourish Nova Scotia.  Throughout her career, Jill has actively worked in the community sharing her nutrition knowledge and passion for healthy eating and cooking. She has worked in a variety of settings, including cardiac/pulmonary rehab, private practice and the grocery retail sector, teaching nutrition classes, developing and evaluating healthy eating programs and most importantly having fun while doing it. 



  • Childhood Nutrition

  • Community Nutrition

  • Teen Nutrition

  • School Nutrition

Kate Comeau, MSc., RD
Manager of Public Relations and Media, Dietitians of Canada
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Twitter: @KateComeauRD

Kate is passionately working to increase the presence of dietitians in all forms of media as the Manager of PR and Media for Dietitians of Canada. She works with journalists to find expert dietitians to interview, and works with dietitians to translate policy and research into media-friendly messages. Kate participates in many interviews as well as a dietitian and spokesperson for Dietitians of Canada. She also has the opportunity to build capacity and train dietitians who are interested in working with the media. In her previous role as Director of VIVAÏ: Experts in Nutrition, Kate managed a team of dietitians, offering services to individuals, sports teams and businesses including workplace wellness programs in Montréal. Kate holds a Bachelor of Science with honours from Acadia University and Master of Science from McGill University.


Kate is a member of the Canadian Public Relations Society and the Nova Scotia Dietitians Association.



  • Media (Writing, Radio, TV, Blog)

Kate MacPhee PDt
Clinical Dietitian in Eating Disorders Specific Care Clinic, IWK Health Centre
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After graduating from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2013, Kate has worked in a variety of settings at the IWK Health Centre. She has worked in areas of food service, gastroenterology and currently works with the eating disorders clinic at the IWK.



  • Child Nutrition

  • Eating Disorders

  • Nutrition Deficiencies

  • Nutrition Support