We are delighted to offer the services of our in-house dietitian, Sophia Keng-I Lin. Sophia is a Registered Dietitian and has been accredited in the United States since 2009. Her qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology (National Taiwan University, Taiwan), a Masters in Nutritional Sciences (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA), and a Bachelor in Dietetics (University of Illinois, USA).
She has 14 years of experience in clinical care, both inpatient and outpatient, with a motivational coaching style and is passionate about lifestyle changes to complement dietary enhancements.
Sophia collaborates with the Osler Health doctors to support patients in reaching their health goals. She is experienced in diagnosing and treating dietary concerns and provides science-based advice on nutrition.
What’s the difference between a nutritionist and a dietitian?
Dietitians are uniquely qualified to translate scientific information about nutrition and food into practical dietary advice. As well as providing impartial advice about nutrition and health, dietitians also advise about food related problems and treat disease and ill health. This is especially valuable as our dietitian works closely with the Osler Health doctors.
Dietitians have the only legally recognised graduate qualification in nutrition and dietetics.
Dietitians understand how nutrition affects the body and use this knowledge when treating you. Using the latest scientific information, dietitians partner with you to develop a personal plan to meet your needs.
Why see a dietitian?
Working closely with you and your doctor, a dietitian provides guidance to help fine-tune your diet. Together, you’ll find choices that do not aggravate your condition.
Pregnancy (or trying to get pregnant)
You may wish to meet with a dietitian to make sure you get the nutrients you need for a healthy pregnancy. And, after your baby arrives, a dietitian can support you and your little one to ensure both of you are getting the right nutrients to support good health.
Food allergies, intolerances or sensitivities
Unsure what you can eat because of celiac disease, food allergies, lactose intolerance or another condition? It’s easy to be overwhelmed by what you think you can’t eat, which can lead to a boring diet that doesn’t give your body the nutrition it needs. A dietitian can teach you strategies and help you find substitutions to keep your diet balanced and tasty.
As part of the treatment team, dietitians counsel adults and young people with eating disorders.
Lifestyle Medicine approach
Osler Health’s approach to health aims to direct patients towards long-lasting lifestyle changes. Amending habits around food and nutrition is central to developing lasting change. After learning about your health history, favourite foods, eating and exercise habits, a dietitian will help you set goals and prioritise. Follow-up visits will focus on maintenance and monitoring your progress.
As an extension to Lifestyle Medicine, you may be looking to reduce your weight as part of a health review.
Improve performance in sports
A dietitian can help you set goals to achieve results — whether you’re running a marathon, skiing or jogging with your dog.
Why healthy eating is important
Healthy eating can:
- Lower your risk of chronic health conditions, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers
- Support immune function
- Help the digestive system function
- Help to maintain a healthy weight
- Keep your bones and teeth strong and healthy
- Repair and strengthen muscles
- Improve energy levels
- Support brain function and brain health
- Boost mood
- Help with sleeping patterns
- Support healthy growth and development in children
- Supports healthy pregnancies
The benefits of a healthy diet are huge therefore if you would like advise or support please make an appointment with our dietitian today.