Wendy is a Registered Dietitian with a passion for helping clients that suffer from unexplained food allergy symptoms. She has specialized in food sensitivities for her entire 25-year career, and her practice has evolved into helping clients expand their diet. Her interest goes beyond the science and into the emotional aspects of coping with symptoms and fear around eating. She is an established expert in the field of food sensitivity and has provided dietetic intern education and continuing education for registered dietitians for over fifteen years (see Food Allergy News). Wendy has spoken at many national conferences including:
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Webinar, The Ins and Outs of Food Allergy, 2014
- Dietitians of Canada Annual Conferences, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2017
- 28th Annual Calgary Therapeutics Course, 2011
- Pfizer Canada (EpiPen): IgE Mediated Food Allergy (videoconference presentations for family doctors) – 2013/14
- Montreal International Symposium on Probiotics: Toward Evidence-Based Health Effects, 2006
Wendy completed her undergraduate degree in Food and Nutrition at the University of Alberta in 1990 and a dietetic internship at the University of Alberta Hospitals in 1991. Additionally, she completed a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition from 1993-1996 at the University of British Columbia. Her research study was: Benefits of a Histamine-Reducing Diet for Some Patients with Chronic Urticaria and Angioedema.
Wendy's wide range of professional experience has given her the skills to create this website and counselling practice. In addition to her current focus, Wendy has worked as a dietitian in hospitals, home care, long term care, primary care and public health.
Her professional affiliations include:
- Medical Advisory Committee, Mastocytosis Society Canada
- The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (Allied Health Member)
- Dietitians of Canada
- College of Dietitians of Alberta
Why consult a registered dietitian? Nutrition counselling is offered by a variety of people using different titles. In Canada, a registered dietitian must complete a four-year undergraduate degree at an accredited university, an internship program (usually one year) and college exams. Throughout their career, dietitians must complete yearly continuing competence programs to maintain their professional status. Their practice is monitored closely by their college.
Wendy lives in Canada with her husband, two teenage daughters, cat and guinea pig. Her hobbies include cooking, yoga, cross country skiing, photography and hamlaxing (which is a word her family made up for relaxing in the hammock).