About Us
DIETITIAN, NUTRITIONIST, AND MOTHER

You know that food and nutrition are important to you and your family. But you’re frustrated with feeding your family: finding the time and energy to meal plan and then struggling with dinner-time bribes and battles. Or maybe you’re confused about what to eat during pregnancy, or interested in Babyled Weaning, but have no idea how to actually do it.

You are not alone, and you’re in the right place!

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Jennifer House
Jennifer House

As a mom of three, I can relate! Using 12 years of experience as a registered dietitian, BSc and MSc degrees in nutrition, I can help. I work one on one with my clients as well as offer online programs, to cut through all of the nutrition noise and decrease the overwhelm and stress!

Credentials:
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Registered Nutritionist
  • Bachelor of Science – Nutrition and Food Sciences, University of Alberta
  • Master of Science – Human Nutrition, University of British Columbia
  • Member of the Alberta College of Dietitians and Dietitians of Canada
  • Co-chair of Calgary Breastfeeding Matters Group
  • Member of Attachment Parents’ Village Calgary
Jen’s Top Favourite Foods and Drinks:

1. Peach Pie
2. Lattes
3. Wine

*While I don’t subsist on these 3 foods, I do have 2/3 of them on an almost daily basis. And they all contain some important phytonutrients, energy and mom-calming factors!*

Melissa Wilson

Melissa is an Occupational Therapist we are proud to welcome to First Step Nutrition:

My name is Melissa Wilson  and I am a pediatric occupational therapist.

I have been a pediatric OT since 2003 after graduating from the University of Alberta. I have worked in many different pediatric outpatient settings including Dawson Creek, Edmonton, England and Calgary. I’ve specialized in feeding and swallowing over the last 6 years and am excited to partner with First Step Nutrition. I am passionate about feeding and get embarrassingly excited over new feeding tools.

At home, life is anything but quiet with three little girls, ages 4 and under. My passion for helping families raise skilled eaters has blossomed since having my own kids; I can truly appreciate the stress that can be associated with mealtimes and strive to help families feel more confident.

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faq_100pxWhat is the difference between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?

A Registered Dietitian is a health professional who has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from a University, completed a year-long dietetic internship, and written a registration exam. Dietitians are also required to be a member of their provincial College of Dietitians and complete yearly competencies. The titles “Dietitian”, “Registered Dietitian” and “Registered Nutritionist” are protected in Alberta. Be sure to check for these titles when you are looking for reliable nutrition information. However, the term “Nutritionist” is not protected. Nutritionists may have varying levels of training and formal nutrition education, or none at all.

Despite common myths, dietitians are not forced to teach Canada’s Food Guide, many follow other philosophies. I am not ‘government-regulated.’ In my practice I will not ask that you count calories or choose ‘fat-free’ foods. Dietitians do not offer a one-size-fits-all approach, and consider other aspects beyond calories and nutrients such as taste and enjoyment of food, cooking skills and how and why you eat. Not just what you eat. In short, dietitians take a holistic approach to find solutions that fit for you.

faq_100pxWhat is Occupational Therapy (OT)?

OT is the art and science of enabling engagement in everyday living, through occupation; of enabling people to perform the occupations that foster health and well-being; and of enabling a just and inclusive society so that all people may participate to their potential in the daily occupations of life (Townsend&Polatajko, 2013, p380).

In plain terms, pediatric occupational therapy helps children play and learn to their potential.  Specifically, OT’s partner with parents to help children to develop feeding, motor, and sensory skills to participate in play, mealtime, and learning activities.

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