What is a Registered Dietitian?

The title Registered Dietitian, Professional Dietitian, and Dietitian are protected by law through provincial legislation. Only those qualified practitioners with the required educational qualifications and who have met national standards can use these titles. Contact our Dietitian Ayesha Sarathy for all the information you need!

What is the difference between a “Dietitian” and “Nutritionist”

Dietitians are members of a provincially regulated profession that has Public Protection as their mandate. Dietitians are held accountable for their conduct and the care they provide. In Ontario, Dietitians are regulated by the College of Dietitians of Ontario.

Registered Dietitians (RDs) in Ontario are uniquely trained food and nutrition experts. They are the recognized experts in translating scientific, medical and nutrition information into practical individualized therapeutic diets, healthy meal plans for people, and building the capacity of individuals and communities to access nutrition for health and wellbeing.

The term “Nutritionist” is not protected by law in all provinces so people with different levels of training and knowledge can all themselves a “Nutritionist”. The title “Nutritionist” is protected for dietitians in some provinces and dietitians do use the title “Nutritionists”. As the term “Nutritionist’ is not a protected title in some provinces, you should contact your provincial regulatory body to ensure that you are receiving services from a dietitian.

Why should I see a Registered Dietitian?

There are a variety of reasons you may benefit from consulting with a dietitian. Whether you are looking to improve your overall diet, manage a specific health condition, embark on a weight loss journey, or have your nutrition questions answered, a dietitian can work with you to design practical and realistic solutions for long-term success.

I can help you:

  • Lose unwanted weight and keep it off!
  • Reduce your risk for chronic diseases, such as diabetes
  • Learn to manage an existing health condition, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, cancer, allergies, digestive problems, anemia, arthritis, etc
  • Optimize your nutrition before getting pregnant
  • Eat well for a healthy pregnancy and while breastfeeding
  • Manage a special diet, such as a vegetarian diet
  • Plan quick and healthy meals for you and your family
  • Eat healthier on a limited income

Do I need a referral to see a Registered Dietitian?

We do accept referrals from other health care professionals, however, you do not need a referral to begin receiving counselling services. Call or email to book an appointment with the dietitian.

Are Registered Dietitian services covered by OHIP?

At this time, private practice dietitian services are not covered by OHIP. However, your extended health insurance benefits or EAP may provide full or partial coverage. Please check with your insurance provider to see what coverage is available for dietitian services.

In Ontario, Registered Dietitians are classified as an “Authorized Medical Practitioner.” Even if your extended health insurance plan does not cover dietetic services, keep your receipt and provide it to your accountant to receive a non-refundable tax credit from the government.


Ayesha provides nutrition coaching and counseling that is tailored to meet your individual needs.

She specializes in:

  • Healthy eating for all ages (diet optimization, meal planning, portion control, reading food labels, healthy snacking)
  • Meal planning and menu development
  • Weight management (weight loss or weight gain)
  • Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Women’s health, including PCOS
  • Healthy eating on a budget
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Digestive problems (e.g. Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Esophageal Reflux Disease or reflux disease, constipation)
  • Food allergies/intolerances
  • Special diets (e.g. celiac disease, lactose intolerance, vegetarianism)

Fee Schedule

Initial Assessment (60 min) – $120

During this session:

  • A thorough nutrition assessment of your eating habits, exercise habits, family history, medical history and weight history will be conducted.
  • The dietitian and you together will set goals and develop an individualized nutrition plan.
  • Your Food Intake Record will be reviewed and practical suggestions provided based on your goals.
  • Free resources and materials to help you get started.

Follow-up visit (30 min) – $60

During this session:

  • The dietitian will monitor your progress with the nutrition plan, reassess your diet, identify challenges and provide further education and strategies to help you achieve your goals.
  • It is strongly recommended that you book at least 1 follow-up visit after the initial assessment to assess your progress and receive the proper support and guidance necessary to be successful. Follow-up sessions are important, as the dietitian will help you stay focused and motivated while working towards your goals.

+ Meal Plan – $80

During this session:

  • Need help with planning healthy meals for yourself and your family? We can help you by designing a personalized 1 week meal plan based on your food preferences, energy and nutrient needs. You will also receive complete recipes for your meal plan.
* This service is only available after having an Initial Assessment with the dietitian

+ Diet Analysis – $100

During this session:

  • Have you ever wondered if you are getting all the nutrients your body needs? A diet analysis compares your current eating pattern with your estimated requirements and lets you know whether you are getting too much or too little of a particular nutrient.
  • You provide us with a record of everything you eat and drink for 3 days and you will receive a detailed report of your current nutritional status.
  • Nutrients analyzed include calories, carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, water, caffeine, omega-3’s, alcohol, sugar, cholesterol, fibre.
  • Best suited for those who want to compare “before” and “after” changes in nutritional status.
* No appointment needed for this service. Just call to receive a Food Intake Record, complete it and send back to us for analysis. We will contact you when the results of your Diet Analysis are in.
* Please note that you must schedule a follow up visit to review the results of the Diet Analysis and receive recommendations and guidance on adjusting your diet to meet your needs.

Phone/Email Follow-up (30 min) – $50/$20

If you are unable to come in for follow-up visits as frequently as you would like, we offer phone or email follow-ups for your convenience.


Bronze package (3 months) – $225

  • This package is best suited for individuals who have specific nutrition goals and want extra guidance and support to stay motivated and on track.
  • Includes 1 initial assessment and 2 follow-up visits

Silver package (3 months) – $400

  • This package is best suited for those who have specific nutrition goals and are motivated to make changes to achieve them.
  • Includes 1 initial assessment and 2 follow-up visits
  • Meal Plan (1 week) complete with recipes and grocery list
  • Diet Analysis to measure progress (before and after)
  • Condition-specific supporting resources and materials provided (i.e. diabetes, heart disease, etc.)

Gold package (6 months) – $570 BEST VALUE!

  • This package is best suited for individuals who have specific nutrition goals and are motivated to make changes for long term success. If you are looking for ongoing support, guidance and motivation to support you in your journey, this package is for you.
  • Includes 1 initial assessment and 5 follow-up visits
  • Diet Analysis to measure progress (before and after)
  • Meal Plan (1 week) complete with recipes and grocery list
  • Condition-specific supporting resources and materials provided (i.e. diabetes, heart disease, etc.)
  • Email support provided

Downloadable Forms

  • FPCLondon Dietitian Referral pad –
  • Client Intake Form –
  • Food Intake Form –