Aimee Cadieux is a registered dietitian who joined Agassiz Medical Centre in 2007. The position was created with special funding from the Physician Integrated Network (PIN) project, allowing patients to receive nutrition counselling free-of-charge. After achieving a bachelor’s degree in Human Nutritional Sciences from the University of Manitoba, Aimee went on to successfully complete her dietitian internship. Aimee is a member of the College of Dietitians of Manitoba and Dietitians of Canada, and acquired Certified Diabetes Educator designation in 2012. She spends most of her day providing one-on-one nutritional counselling heart, diabetes,celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome and more.
What is the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?
The titles “dietitian” or “Registered Dietitian” are protected by law. This means that only someone who has met specific educational and professional requirements is legally allowed to use these titles, or the initials, RD.
All Registered Dietitians in Manitoba are members of the College of Dietitians of Manitoba. As a member of the college, a Registered Dietitian must practice according to set standards and laws that protect the public, just like you would expect from doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals.
The terms “nutritionist” or “registered nutritionist” are NOT protected terms in Manitoba. This means that anybody can call themselves a nutritionist and there are no standards for the quality of care.