Dietetics at Teamworks
Registered Dietitians are licensed nutrition professionals with the expertise to translate scientific research about food and nutrition into practical solutions for your specific needs. Dietitians have a 5-year university degree in nutrition and at least 1250 hours of supervised hand-on training. They must pass a national competence examination and undergo regular criminal record checks. Like other regulated health professionals, dietitians are required to complete annual professional development.
The dietitians at Teamworks are trained to counsel and support patients to make changes in their eating habits to promote health and prevent or manage chronic illness such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease. The nutrition recommendations you receive from your dietitian will be based on your specific health concerns, personal and family medical history, risk factors, food preferences, culture and lifestyle.
Who We Are
Noony Santos Paletta BSc, RD
What to Expect
To prepare for your visit with the Teamworks’ dietitian, please complete the Nutrition Client Intake Form and send it to the dietitian at least 3 day prior to your appointment. This process can help you start thinking (if you haven’t already) of your health goals and may trigger specific questions you will want answered during your visit. If you were unable to complete the intake form prior to your appointment, plan to arrive a few minutes earlier to complete the form.
It is important to know that being measured (height and weight) is optional – even if weight management/loss is part of your goal. Our goal is to be respectful and sensitive to your needs. We recognize that getting weighed can trigger emotions and sensitivities in some patients. If you would like to have your height and weight measured, please arrive a few minutes prior to the appointment to complete this task so that your time with the dietitian can be maximized.
Your first appointment will last one hour. You will be asked a series of questions about the reason for your visit, your symptoms (if any), and relevant medical history. If available, you may want to bring relevant lab results (eg, Ferritin, Glucometer readings, hemoglbin A1C, cholesterol, triglycerides, etc). You will also be asked about your eating habits and general lifestyle. It is important to remember that there are no right or wrong answers! You should feel relaxed and comfortable during your visit.
Once enough information has been gathered, the dietitian will provide feedback about the foods and behaviours that are working well for you and offer suggestions/strategies to address any areas that could help improve your symptoms and reach your goals. Be prepared to take an active role in creating your nutrition goals and health plan. You will leave with a handout containing your plan. You may also be offered other handouts or worksheets, as needed.
Making diet and lifestyle changes is not always easy. Most patients will benefit from the continued guidance and support from a follow up visit. The frequency, timing, and length of your follow up will depend on your goals and the ease or difficulty you may have in reaching those goals.