Dietitian Information

Learn more about Joan:

* What made you want to partner with the Rady?

I have personal connections to the Rady. Our family has a longstanding history with the Rady, my son is part of the Aquatics’ team, my daughter uses the facility to play basketball and I have been an active member since 2012.

* Can you tell us about your career thus far?

My career as a dietitian began over 25 years ago. While I have an extensive background in pediatric nutrition, I have broadened my scope of practice to counsel adults living with Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and other chronic conditions. I also have special interests in weight management and general health and wellness.

* A proper diet is so vitally important, what advice can you give to someone who is looking to start eating better?

Establishing a healthy relationship with food is key to improving one’s diet. There are no “good” or “bad” foods. We need to abandon language that contributes to diet culture and embrace the notion that food is fuel and that all foods can fit.

* What hobbies or interests do you have that help you achieve a healthy work/life balance?

I have been a runner for over 20 years and enjoy training for races. I also love to cook and attribute this to my Italian heritage.

* What do you hope to achieve in your collaboration with the Rady?

I hope to be able to meet the nutrition needs of a variety of age groups. So, whether you are a parent struggling with a picky eater, an adult needing guidance with a special medical diet, or an active individual seeking ways to fuel properly before and after a workout, I can help.

* What is your favourite part of being a Registered Dietitian?

My favourite part of being a dietitian is watching the joy my clients and patients experience when they meet their short and long term nutrition goals as they strive to achieve their wellness.