Registered Dietitians

Registered Dietitians are qualified health professionals. By law, only individuals who are registered with the College can practice in the province, using the title "Registered Dietitian", or the abbreviation "RD".

Registered dietitians in Ontario must adhere to regulations set by the College of Dietitians.

What can you expect from your RD?

To advocate for your nutritional needs and utilize appropriate nutritional care in a respectful manner working towards positive outcomes in your overall health.

Registered Dietitians:

  • Apply medical nutritional therapy to prevent and treat disease states;
  • Improve patients' overall health with nutrition therapy;
  • Educate patients, their family members and their caregivers about the importance of sound nutrition in disease management and healing;
  • Conduct research, focusing on evidence-based practice and incorporating best practice into therapy;
  • Provide education to dietetic interns who are training towards becoming registered dietitians.
At Sault Area Hospital, registered  dietitians' responsibilities include:
  • Identifing nutritional problems, assess, treat and plan nutritional care of patients (together with the health care team) monitor and improve the effectiveness of nutrition intervention in the promotion of healing and overall patient health;
  • Acting as a resourceful member of the healthcare team.
Registered dietitians provide nutrition services to the following patient areas:
  • Surgery
  • Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Renal
  • Intensive Care
  • Oncology
  • Maternal and Child
  • Rehabilitation
  • ALC and TCU