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Benoit Prefontaine Bachelor
Joined: Aug 16, 14
Santé Active
Benoit, a personal trainer with over 25 years of experience in the fitness and health industry specializes in weight loss, physical and muscular training, obesity and optimal health. He continues to improve his knowledge in these areas to make sure you live superior results. Benoit understands how difficult it is to include exercise into your busy schedule. With his vast experience and skills he will coach you to integrate physical activities into your busy life. When coaching you he has a g
Sara Bawol MC
Joined: Aug 14, 14
Alberta Health Services
Attacking a new learning curve with clients entering the bariatrics program for weight management.
Jeff Kilbreath BA, BScN, MScN
Joined: Aug 14, 14
The Ottawa Hospital
Jeff is the Advanced Practice Nurse in the Bariatric Centre of Excellence at The Ottawa Hospital. Jeff completed his nursing training at the University of Western Ontario and at the University of Ottawa. Important areas of Jeff's work at TOH include the ongoing development of the Hospital's Behavioural, Medical and Surgical weight management programs. Jeff is working hard to raise the profile of the bariatric program within the hospital and within the Champlain health district in Eastern Ontar
Kristin von Ranson A.B. (hons), Ph.D.
Joined: Aug 14, 14
University of Calgary
Although my primary professional interest lies in eating disorders and body image, these topics overlap substantially with obesity.
Chelsea Allen RD, BScFN
Joined: Aug 14, 14
I am a Registered Dietitian with an interest in obesity management, counselling, and research.
Atara Fenig
Joined: Aug 13, 14
Mount Sinai Hospital
I am a registered dietitian working in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. I provide behavioral modification, diet and lifestyle counseling to women of various life stages with a focus on high-risk pregnancies and gestational weight gain.
Ulrike Kimbley-Nicolai
Joined: Aug 13, 14
Bow valley PCN
Behavior Change Specialist with the interprofessional team at the Bow Valley PCN, which also runs an Active Living Program and assists clients with referral around weight management issues.
Deirdre Duncan RN CCN (c)
Joined: Aug 12, 14
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
I am an RN with a genuine interest in treating obesity. Gene studies conducted to assist in the treatment of Cardiovascular patients showed that obesity is largely genetic. Learning this freed me from guilt. I have since developed an action plan and am close to my goal of 155 lb weight loss. I look forward to advancing my education about surgical advances in weight loss treatments and reconstruction surgery.
Frédérique Dagenais
Joined: Aug 11, 14
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke
Mon travail consiste à accompagner les patients obèses dans le changement d'habitudes de vie. Par le moyen d'objectifs SMART, les patients changent graduellement leur habitudes alimentaires et arrive ainsi à perdre du poids, de façon durable. J'accompagne également les patients obèses qui subierons une chirurgie bariatrique, de la préparation pré-op (diète pré-op, enseignement alimentation post-op) jusqu'au suivi post-op (suivi des apports, identifier carences en vitamines et minéraux...)
Lakers Komaiya
Joined: Aug 09, 14
OAK Family Practice
Interested in supporting people through their weight management journey. Providing education, motivation, and empathy. Helping also to reduce the stigmatisation around obesity through the use of biopsycosocial model to facilitate a better understanding of this disease. Use of relevant and evident-based psychosocial treatment approach to working with patients.
Kristina Luz
Joined: Aug 08, 14
Centre for obesity, Trondheim
Background from social science (MPil. Childhood studies, NTNU Trondheim, Norway. Intrested in obesity: prevention and treatment focusing on the childrens perspective. Qualitative research
Paul Davidson Ph.D.
Joined: Aug 07, 14
Brigham and Women's Hospital
I am a full time bariatric psychologist working in a vibrant academic medical center in Boston, with a passion for working with individuals seeking to improve their lives both physically and emotionally. Addressing the significant lifestyle and behavior change elements of doing well with the process is very satisfying. I also engage in research related to aspects of both the individual and systems which may contribute to long term success with weight loss.
Patti Kinch Bachelor of Science - Nutrition
Joined: Aug 06, 14
Grande Prairie Primary Care Network
My current position as the dietitian for the Grande Prairie Primary Care Network involves counselling clients with chronic disease. The majority of clients I see are for weight management and associated co-morbidities.
Jillian Whelan B.Com.Dip.Ed.B.AppSc(Hons)
Joined: Aug 03, 14
Deakin University
I work as the Knowledge Broker for The CO-OPS Collaboration in Australia. (Community based Obesity Prevention Sites Collaboration). Our work focuses on helping community based responses address health eating and physical activity using evidence informed methods that where possible are 'best practice.' We also assist with program planning, evidence, evaluation and sustainability.
Irene Johansen Master of Arts
Joined: Aug 01, 14
Calgary West Central PCN
As an administrator with a primary care network, my work touches almost all areas of the company. I find it helpful to keep up with trends and evidence-based information, as I can then make connections between areas of my work and the people I serve. I also have a personal interest in finding good, lasting, healthy habits and thoughts on weight, size and diet.
Alyssa Lewis B.Sc. Human Nutritional Sciences
Joined: Aug 01, 14
Sunrise Health Region
Diabetes Nutrition Educator
Kimberly Brooks BScN (Cum Laude); MA Candidate
Joined: Aug 01, 14
Brock University
My professional interest has always been the topic of obesity & establishing preventative strategies to combat such a global disease. I am currently preparing to defend my Master's thesis entitled "Unpacking Pieces of a Puzzle: Understanding Obesity-Related Health Risk through Lifestyle Behaviours and Well-Being" with hopes of developing it into a publication. Upon graduation this October, I hope to continue my professional interest and involvement with obesity in either a public health or res
Deborah Briggs BScN
Joined: Aug 01, 14
Ottawa Public Health
I am a PHN working with the Reproductive Health and Baby Friendly Initiative Program with Ottawa Pulbic Health. My current focus in around Gestational weight Gain.
Annette Elliott Rose BSc, BScN, MN PhD(c)
Joined: Jul 31, 14
Reproductive Care Program of Nova Scotia
I am a nurse consultant for a provincial program in Nova Scotia that provides relevant clinical and research information to perinatal care providers. We also use various knowledge translation strategies, provide interprofessional education (online and on-site), develop clinical and documentation tools and participate in the development of initiatives and policies related to maternal-newborn care. Pre-pregnancy weight and gestational weight gain are two key clinical and policy topics.
Margot Bergevin RN BScN; BSc.(Micro.)
Joined: Jul 30, 14
Calgary West Central Primary Care Network
Weight loss counselling, promoting the science behind same, emotional support and SMART goal setting.
Leila Zahedi Shoolami MD
Joined: Jul 30, 14
Private Bariatric Surgery Center
Dr Zahedi has been graduated from Iran University of Medical Sciences in 2005 as a general physician. She has more than ten years of experience in clinical research mainly in the fields of Colorectal and Bariatric Surgery with numerous publications and presentations. Consulting more than 2000 obese patients prior to operation, discussing the modality of choice with each patient and performing the pre and post operation evaluations and followups, truly encouraged her to continue her career in t
Soyun Chapman
Joined: Jul 29, 14
Alberta Health Services
I am a member of the provincial chronic disease management research team within Alberta Health Services and conduct obesity research within the provincial primary health care.
Jessica Vanhie
Joined: Jul 28, 14
Rapids Family Health Team
I am interested in learning about the latest research related to weight loss and weight management.
April Chang MPH
Joined: Jul 28, 14
Durham Region Health Department
I work in Durham Region Health Department-Reproductive and Child Health Program. My primary area of focus is preconception and prenatal health. My involvement with obesity is in regard to optimal gestational weight gain. I was a member of the Ontario Best Start Resource Cenre (BSRC) Advisory Committee for development of the BSRC resource "Obesity in Preconception and Pregnancy", that was released in Feb. 2014. I am currently a member of a Durham Region Health Department working group that
April Saunders BSc, MPH
Joined: Jul 28, 14
Brant Community Healthcare System
Interested in community-based interventions and public health strategies to prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Bonnie Franckowiak DNP, MSN, BSN
Joined: Jul 27, 14
Addiction Matters, Inc.
I have a DNP degree, and am nationally certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner, and as an Addictions Nurse, Advanced Practice. Currently I am employed in the field of addictions treatment, and several of our recovering clients must also deal with health issues that they have ignored for some time. Obesity is frequently one of those issues. Recently, I have had several clients express interest in forming a group for education and support, and I am going to initiate such a group. My doctoral res
Wangyang Li MSc. in Nutrition
Joined: Jul 26, 14
Medical Weight Management Centre
Nutrition and health has always been my passion. I spent 3 years doing nutrition related research at the University of British Columbia. My recent involvement as a health educator at the Medical Weight Management Centre in Coquitlam, BC (lead by Dr. Michael Lyon) has introduced me to the field of weight management. Obesity is a highly complex issue and it is a field that needs fundings, resources and the public's understandings. Every day, I am deeply touched and inspired by my patients after he
Jessica Bigelow
Joined: Jul 25, 14
Timiskaming Health Unit
I am a new RD who is working with children and youth.
Featured Researchers
Stasia Hadjiyannakis BSc, MD
Joined: Feb 20, 07
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Akm Alamgir PhD, M Phil, DIH (MPH-IH)
Joined: May 10, 10
St. Michael's Hospital
Kathryn Ambler BSc, MSc
Joined: Feb 14, 08
University of Alberta
Gail Dechman BSc PT, PhD
Joined: Feb 01, 12
Dalhousie Univeristy
Heba Ahmad BSc (Hons with Distinction), Kinesiology
Joined: Dec 24, 11
University of Guelph
Thierry Alquier PhD
Joined: Aug 17, 09
CR-CHUM Montreal Diabetes Research Center
Kristi Adamo PhD
Joined: Dec 18, 06
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Roger McIntyre MD, FRCPC
Joined: Feb 10, 06
University of Toronto
Valerie H Taylor MD, PhD Mental Health lead CON
Joined: Dec 09, 05
Women's College - Toronto
Eric Doucet BSc, MSc, PhD
Joined: Nov 30, 05
University of Ottawa
Paula Brauer PhD
Joined: Jul 03, 06
University of Guelph
Marni Armstrong PhD (candidate), Cardiovascular Sciences
Joined: Mar 28, 08
University of Calgary, Alberta Health Services