Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Registered Dietitian?

Over the years we have been called many wonderful names from Nutrition-Lady to Food Police, Hippie-Granola-Crunchy-Girl to Waitress, and many more! But we are none of those.
We are dietitians.
Here is what we are about.

Registered Dietitians are university-educated and must earn a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university specializing in food and nutrition. Many dietitians increase their knowledge by pursuing a Master’s or Doctoral degree. All dietitians in Canada are required to maintain their proficiency by completing ongoing education.

Registered Dietitians have completed a minimum of 1250 hours of supervised practical training through a university program or an approved hospital or community setting. They must pass a registration exam (the Canadian Dietetics Registration Exam or CDRE) to become a regulated health professional.

Accountability & Regulation
Registered Dietitians are regulated health professionals. The title “dietitian”, “Registered Dietitian” or “RD” is protected by law. Only individuals who have fulfilled the educational and professional requirements are legally allowed to use the titles RD (or P.Dt & Dt.P in French).
All dietitians in Ontario are members of the College of Dietitians of Ontario. Each province has its own college. The colleges regulate and support dietitians to ensure safe, ethical and competent nutrition services are being practiced, which ensures protection of the public (similar to other regulated health professionals).
For more information on Registered Dietitians, please visit Dietitians of Canada.

What is a Nutritionist or Holistic Nutritionist vs. Dietitian?

This is a great question! Not many know the answer.
The terms “nutritionist”, “registered nutritionist”, or “holistic nutritionist” are not protected terms in Ontario. In other words, this means that anybody can call themselves a nutritionist and there are no standards for their quality of care. 

Of course there is an exception to this! Depending on what area a dietitian works in, he or she may have a different job title. For example, dietitians working in community settings often have a job title that uses the term “nutritionist”. To know if that person is a Registered Dietitian, look for the initials “RD” or “Registered Dietitian” after their name.
To verify if your nutrition provider is a qualified Registered Dietitian, consult the directory at the College of Dietitians of Ontario.
In terms of the difference in philosophies of dietitians vs. nutritionists, this will vary greatly depending on the individual dietitian or nutritionist that you choose to work with. Most people assume that dietitians will show you Canada’s Food Guide and send you on your way. At Blueprint Nutrition, this is NOT the direction that we take. Please see our nutrition philosophy.

Who should see a Dietitian?

Anyone and everyone! Dietitians can assist people of all ages and stages of the life cycle, from infancy to geriatric care. Registered dietitians can help with preventative nutrition care and can help you to control an already existing condition. At Blueprint Nutrition, we specialize in pediatric & family-based care, sport nutrition, and women’s health, including food relationship work and sustainable approaches to wellness.

Do I need a referral?

You DO NOT need a referral to be seen by a dietitian. However, you may be referred from another health care professional and wish to share your progress with that referring individual. We are happy to support you in a team approach to your healthcare and can send progress reports to your medical team, if desired.

Do you direct bill to insurance companies?

We do not currently invoice to insurance companies. We will, however, provide you with a detailed receipt after each session containing all of the necessary information required to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Many extended health insurance benefit plans have coverage (or partial coverage) for the services of a dietitian. Check your plan today!
Services provided by a consulting dietitian business (i.e. Blueprint Nutrition) are not covered by OHIP. However, in Ontario, dietitians are considered “Authorized Medical Practitioners”. Accordingly, you can submit receipts to your accountant to receive a non-refundable tax credit.
Please note that some insurance companies may require a physician’s note in order to claim the expense of a dietitian under your plan. Contact your health insurance provider to find out if this is required.

Are virtual appointments available?

We offer virtual appointments through a secure videoconferencing interface that is both PIPEDA and HIPAA compliant, right inside our online booking application in Jane App. Once you have booked your appointment, you will receive more details.
We are able to work with clients virtually across Canada. However, due to provincial regulations, we are UNABLE to provide direct client care to those who live in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Prince Edward Island.

What is your Payment & Cancellation Policy?

Cancellation Policy: We ask that you provide 48 hours notice by email to your dietitian if you have to reschedule your appointment. A late cancellation will incur a fee of $50. Clients who fail to show for their appointment will be charged the FULL amount owing for that appointment.
Payment Policy: Packages must be paid in full by the completion of the first appointment. Packages purchased will expire ONE year from the date of the initial assessment. This is the responsibility of the client to ensure that his or her sessions are used. The counselling service provided by Blueprint Nutrition is HST-exempt. Accepted methods of payment include Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discovery, debit (in-person only), and e-transfer if sent 24 hrs prior to the appointment. We do not accept cash or personal cheque.