Updated: Nov 4, 2020
Where do you work?
I currently hold several positions as a private practice dietitian. My first position is at Athletes Care in Toronto where I work with athletes and other clients who live and/or work in the financial district. I also work for JM Nutrition as a registered dietitian and exercise physiologist. Here I work with a wide variety of clients, but my primary roles are in sports nutrition, gut health, and weight/muscle gain. Finally, I have founded my own company called CS Nutrition which targets similar demographics as my other positions as well as combat sports athletes. Follow me at @terencenutrition if you would like to keep in touch.
What was your path to get there?
I studied Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo where I became a certified exercise physiologist. From there I pursued a career as a registered dietitian getting my BASc. and MHSc. at Ryerson university. My education has tailored my skills to work with athletes and other physically active people who are looking to optimize their health and performance through nutrition.
What do you love about your job?
I find nutrition education, particularly when it comes to gut health very rewarding. I have lived with IBS for years and I have loved helping people take back agency over their digestive system.
What’s the hardest thing about your job?
Time management is a challenge. Working for two companies and running my own leaves little time to do much else, particularly when seeing clients virtually. In many ways my home space is also my workspace leaving no clearly defined work schedule. In fact, if you are one of my clients, it is not uncommon to receive an email at 4:30 am.
What’s one piece of advice for students who want to pursue a similar career?
Become proficient at reviewing the scientific literature around nutrition. There is such a diverse range of people I see in private practise and there is constant pressure to be up to date with the latest research. Getting comfortable reading and interpreting these studies and disseminating this information is essential in providing value to clients in practice.