Finding a Dietitian

Before choosing your Dietitian, don’t be afraid to ask questions.

  • Does the Dietitian have experience with the problems or reasons why you are consulting with him/her?
  • What will be his/her approach?
  • Where is he/she located?
  • What are the fees?
  • How does booking appointments work?

Nutritional counseling will be different for each person/group. But, you can expect to receive services based on your needs, that will be ethical, inclusive and scientifically sound. You should receive clear information to empower you and make informed decisions about your health. Services can last a few hours to a few months based on your needs. Remember that you can always choose to end dietetic services if you wish.

Check that your Dietitian is registered

Be careful, not all dietetic and nutrition practitioners are regulated in BC. Holistic nutritionist, diet coach or nutrition counselor are not Dietitians and are not regulated by the College. This means that they have not followed the same education and training requirements, don’t have continuing competence requirements or professional standards to follow. There is also no complaint process and recourse in case of issues with the quality of services delivered.

When it comes to choosing a nutrition care provider, you can trust a Registered Dietitian to provide you with safe, ethical, competent and science backed care. Check that your nutrition care provider is a regulated health professional by visiting the College of Dietitians of BC’s public register of dietitians.

If you have any questions regarding a Dietitian registration status, please check the public register.