Marie Fortin earned her Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) degree in Food and Nutrition at Ryerson University, where she was awarded the Governor General's medal for academic excellence. After completing her dietetic internship at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, she earned the designation registered dietitian (RD). Marie also earned her Master of Education (MEd) degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto. She has worked as a nutrition educator at the Ryerson University health clinic and has taught nutrition in George Brown College's Redirection through Education program, where she also completed her practical training as a Masters-level therapist. Marie now brings her experience as a nutrition counsellor and educator to her practice at Markham-Stouffville Health Centre, where she coaches clients of all ages to better health.
What's the difference between a "dietitian" and a "nutritionist"?
Registered dietitians are health professionals who have a Bachelor's degree in nutrition and supervised practical experience (internship) in either a hospital or community setting. Some dietitians also have a Master's degree. The term "dietitian" is protected by law to ensure that national education, practice and ethical standards are met. However, the term "nutritionist" is NOT protected by law in Ontario, which means that anyone can call himself or herself a nutritionist or a "registered nutritionist" without any formal education or supervision in the area. You can identify a dietitian by the initials "RD" (Registered Dietitian)