Health at Every Size®
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Family Based Treatment (FBT)
Vanessa is a registered dietitian with a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University and is part of the Ordre des diététistes nutritionnistes du Québec (ODNQ). Having been raised in an Italian family where food is at the center of every event, Vanessa has always had an interest in cooking and baking. This helped her make her decision of wanting to work as a dietitian in order to understand the way food impacts health.
Vanessa has always been convinced that she wanted to work in the field of Eating Disorders. With the quick rise of social media, she has become more aware of the misconceptions around food that people are taught. Consequently, she is motivated to bring them to light while helping support those who are struggling.
Her goals are to help others break down diet culture beliefs, promote Health-at-Every-Size® and to encourage an Intuitive Eating approach toward food. Vanessa offers a safe space for clients to explore their eating behaviours and thoughts surrounding food and exercise. She also guides them throughout their journey of building healthy relationship with food and their bodies.
Because of her love for recreational running, Vanessa has a strong interest in sports nutrition. Vanessa specializes in Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) as well as the impact it has on a person’s performance and their daily functions. She has given presentations to the running teams both at Dawson College and Concordia University on the topic of RED-S and nutrition for running. Vanessa also has worked with several college and university-aged students to ensure that they are fueling adequately for the type of sport they are doing.
Vanessa is happy to work with the population Sööma serves through managing phone calls, outreach and the clinic’s social media platforms. She is happy to answer any questions or concerns clients may have about Sööma’s services. She is bilingual in English and French.