Fueled by food, forests and fresh air
Brittaney Berendsen RD, PHEc began professional education at Brescia University College at Western University in London Ontario where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition with an Honours Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics. She then went on to complete an Accredited Dietetic Internship at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener Ontario. Her practical training during internship included the areas of Diabetes, Renal- Hemodialysis, Specialized Mental Health, Oncology, Intensive Care, Population Public Health and Foodservice.
After earning her Registered Dietitian Designation, Brittaney worked as an Administrative Dietitian in Toronto Ontario. Having worked in Healthcare Foodservice for five years prior to beginning her role as an Administrative RD, she always enjoyed the organizational aspects of Nutrition Services and improving food in healthcare.
Brittaney is now working as an Industry Dietitian. Her role encompasses educating other healthcare professionals about nutrition so that they may better support the health of their patients.
Brittaney is also a self-proclaimed foodie and amateur food stylist. She loves to express her creativity in the kitchen through recipe development and is extremely passionate about cooking delicious food that nourishes.
College of Dietitians of Ontario #14793
Ontario Home Economics Association Member
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Sydney Withers RD began her post secondary education at the University of Guelph, where she hoped to marry her passion for connecting with and helping others, with her love of the health sciences. This ultimately led her to pursuing a degree in Applied Human Nutrition, after which she obtained a dietetic internship at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener. During her internship, she completed training in the following areas: Critical care, inpatient surgery, renal nutrition (hemodialysis), diabetes, pediatric nutrition, public health & food service.
Sydney currently works as an industry dietitian where she develops supportive relationships with health care providers, increasing their awareness of nutritional risk factors, prevalence of malnutrition, and barriers to achieving optimal nutritional status across the life cycle. An important part of this role involves communicating evidence-based nutrition information and informing practitioners of circumstances where science-based nutrition products may be of benefit to patients.
An area of special interest to Sydney is pediatric nutrition. She has worked as a part time princess for Fantasy Fables Childrens Entertainment for the past 10 years, which has fostered her love for working with children and families. Her pediatric training at Grand River Hospital allowed her to work in an outpatient clinic with families to address picky eating, failure to thrive and anemia, manage diabetes, and counsel around eating a diet that incorporates more plants. Sydney believes that children have a lot to teach us when it comes to being an intuitive eater, and curious about food.
College of Dietitians of Ontario #14792
Dietitians of Canada Member
* All views expressed are my own *
Brittaney and Sydney met during their dietetic internship at Grand River Hospital and quickly bonded over their love for plants, hiking, nature and experimenting in the kitchen. After settling into professional roles following internship, they were seeking an opportunity to expand their reach and positively influence people’s lives.
Enter, Mission: Nutrition Intuition.
Sydney and Brittaney would describe themselves as “two peas in a pod”, alluding to their love and dedication to growing as both individuals and professionals, commitment to helping others achieve their desired growth and adoration of all things green. They are firm believers that humans have an innate connection with nature and find that they are fueled by food, forests and fresh air.