First and foremost I am a “Mom-on-the-go” who has been there, done that, tried that, and tried that again! Secondly I am a Registered Dietitian currently working with and supporting maternal, neonatal, and pediatric populations. Professionally, I am a member of the College of Dietitians of Alberta and have been a member of Dietitians of Canada and the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.
I was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where I completed my Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Saskatchewan. I always aspired to work in pediatrics, but upon graduation I moved to Alberta to work with an adult population. With a pregnant belly and the eventual arrival of my son in 2009, I soon realized how much I did not know about infant and pediatric nutrition aside from textbook basics. So…. I read, I observed, I studied, I consulted with moms and colleagues, and am still learning. When I returned to work I was fortunate to obtain an infant/pediatric nutrition position – finally the dream job. Woot, woot! I have relished the last 5 1/2 years working as a food and nutrition expert in this area.
My dietitian career has been a roller coaster of learning and experiences to provide the best care for my clients and to learn from my clients. No two children are alike! Therefore, their nutrition care plan cannot be either. My practice has been broad and the issues many. I have and continue to nourish preterm infants, infants, children, teens, pregnant and postpartum women. We have worked through introducing solids, extreme picky eating, food aversions, allergy management, constipation, maternal nutrition and lactation, family meal planning and the list goes on!
I hope you enjoy reading my family focused nutrition blog, learn how to make small changes one meal at a time to improve your family’s nutrition, and have some fun (and laughs) along the way!
Until the next family meal,
Melissa Lachapelle, Registered Dietitian
***Please note that the information presented on this blog is not a substitute for professional medical and nutrition advice, examination, diagnosis or treatment.