What is a Dietitian?

Registered Dietitians (RDs) are licensed and regulated health professionals who empower their clients to enjoy food while meeting their nutrition needs.

Through obtaining a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and completing a practical internship, dietitians are trained to provide clients with individualized information aligned with their clients’ personal goals and health needs. Dietitians translate the science of nutrition into information that is easy to understand.

What is a Dietitian? Are “Nutritionists” and “Dietitians” the same?

Not necessarily. In Ontario and most of Canada, the term “Dietitian” is a regulated title, whereas “nutritionist” is not regulated and can be used by anyone. This means that dietitians must meet education and training requirements and be registered with a regulatory body. In Ontario, dietitians are licensed by the College of Dietitians of Ontario.

Are Registered Dietitian (RD) services covered by OHIP?

No, private practice Registered Dietitian services are not covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). However, Registered Dietitian (RD) appointments and services are covered by many extended health insurance plans.

How Do I start working with a Dietitian on my nutrition or meal plan?

Meal plans are available for clients of our dietitian. Get started by book an in-person or virtual initial nutrition counselling appointment with a Registered Dietitian at this link here.

Want to meet a dietitian first? Book a Free Meet & Greet consult to talk about your nutrition at this link here.

Do you have to be an Ontario resident to see ?

Not necessarily. Although dietitians are registered by the College of Dietitians of Ontario, RDs can see clients from other provinces, including Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.

What is it like to see a dietitian for nutrition counselling?

Aurum Dietitians see each of clients for a one hour initial appointment. They take the time to get to know her clients and understand their medical history, day-to-day routine, stresses and support systems. This helps to ensure that the nutrition information provided is specific and useful to each individual.

Aurum Dietitians also offer half hour and 1 hour follow up appointments. The scheduling of follow up appointments are tailored to each client. Most clients follow-up after their initial within 1 to 2 weeks after their initial appointment. After this, follow ups can range between weekly to every three months, depending on the support you need.

Book an in-person or virtual telehealth appointment with a Registered Dietitian at this link here.

Want to meet with a dietitian first to see if it’ll be a good fit? Book a Free Meet & Greet consult to talk about your nutrition at this link here.


About Sophie Laycock, RD – Registered Dietitian at Aurum Medicine & Wellness Clinic

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Sophie is a Registered Dietitian based out of Toronto, Ontario. Originally from Calgary, Sophie moved to Ontario at the beginning of her education in Nutrition and Dietetics at Western University/Brescia University College. She went on to do her Diploma in Dietetic Education & Practical Training in Hamilton, Ontario. Sophie is well versed in the complexities of nutritional care and has completed over 1400 hours in clinical inpatient & outpatient care, food service, research, and public health placements.

Sophie applies a psychosocial model to nutrition counselling by considering various factors of an individual’s life. Everyone’s unique experiences contribute to their relationship with food and the way that they eat. She takes an anti-diet and weight-inclusive approach to care and recognizes how diet culture affects our mental and physical health. She is an advocate for food freedom and believes that all foods can fit in a balanced diet without feelings of guilt or shame.

Sophie has experience supporting individuals with a broad range of diagnoses, including those living with type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, eating disorders, disordered eating, and metabolic syndrome. Sophie’s clinical experiences allow her to understand the value of human connection and how much she enjoys the journey of nutrition. She enjoys one-on-one counselling sessions because it allows her to build relationships with her clients and support them as they move towards their goals.

Outside of work, Sophie enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with family & friends.