• Healthcare Professionals

    In addition to your Gastroenterologist and Family Physician, there are other healthcare professionals (HCPs) that can provide advice on digestive disorders and maintaining a healthy gut.  Talk to your physician to see who they would recommend.


    Dietitians are regulated health professionals.  A Registered Dietitian (RD), is a recognized health professional in food and nutrition. As a valuable and important member of the health team dietitians work alongside other health professionals including physicians, nurses, occupational therapists and pharmacists. Dietitians make it easier for the public to make healthy food choices. The advice and information they provide is tailored to the needs and values of individuals and communities. They translate complex scientific evidence into practical solutions to promote health and help clients manage special health conditions. 


    Andrea Senchuk, RD

    Registered dietician (RD), certified diabetes educator

    (CDE) and founder of Project Nutrition, a nutrition

    counselling and consulting firm in Ottawa that

    helps people unlock the power of food 

    to improve their health.

    Andrea Hardy, RD

    Gut Health Specialist

    IBS; Gut Health; Celiac; Chron's/Colitis;

    Liver Disease; Food; Relationship;

    Weight Management;

    Nutrition Counselling for Disease


    A nutritionist advises on matters of food and nutrition and impacts on health.  Different professional terms are used across Canada, such as: nutrition consultant, nutrition scientist, public health nutritionist, dietitian-nutritionist, clinical nutritionist, sports nutritionist and holistic nutritionist.  The title ‘nutritionist’ is protected by provincial law in Quebec and Nova Scotia. The term ‘Registered Nutritionist’ and ‘Nutritionist’ are protected in Alberta. The term ‘Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist’ is protected by law in New Brunswick.  The Nova Scotia Dietetic Association is the regulatory body for professional dietitians and nutritionists in that province. 

    If the title is not protected, nutritionists can have a wide variety of educational backgrounds, from university degrees to college diplomas to high-school diplomas.  ‘Registered holistic nutritionists’ (RHN) are trained by the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN).  They complete one-year of coursework and 50 hours of practicum experience, where they complete case-studies and learn interview skills, among other things. Lastly, to complete their training, they write an exam which is standardized across Canada.


    Naturopathic Doctors

    Naturopathic doctors address the fundamental causes of disease, heal the whole person through individualized treatment, and teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine — key principles of the profession. A consultation typically begins with a lengthy patient interview focusing on lifestyle, medical history, emotional tone, and physical features, as well as physical examination. Many naturopaths present themselves as primary care providers, and some naturopathic physicians may prescribe drugs, perform minor surgery, and integrate other conventional medical approaches such as diet and lifestyle counselling with their naturopathic practice.  Traditional naturopaths deal exclusively with lifestyle changes, not diagnosing or treating disease. 

Enhancing lifelong health

The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation believes our ability to help establish, enrich and protect a healthy gut microbiota is the key to lifelong health