Our Registered Dietitians are passionate about helping families achieve their nutrition goals. We have all worked at Alberta Children’s Hospital and in the community with families so you can feel assured you are getting excellent care from any of the fabulous Registered Dietitians below!
Meet Caitlin: Feeding guru, soprano, mother. Friends describe Caitlin as compassionate, empathetic, knowledgeable and lover of all things food.
Why did you become a dietitian? I have always had an interest in food and its ability to care for people, but it wasn’t until I had almost completed a psychology degree that I found a career that could combine all my passions – food, science and people. Luckily eating is very intertwined with emotions and I use my psychology background to help clients achieve their goals everyday.
Who do you love to help? Children and families
What makes you the happiest when seeing clients? I feel very privileged to help children and families sort through difficult situations. I am happiest when clients let me into their lives, allow me to share my knowledge and trust me to be partners in their food and nutrition journey.
What are your passions outside of being a dietitian?
Outside of her career, I can be found singing in community choirs or hiking in the mountains. I enjoy being creative in the kitchen, especially with my young daughter who shares my love of food.
Caitlin began her career at Health Sciences Center Winnipeg after completing both her internship and degree at University of Manitoba. At Winnipeg Children Hospital she covered all outpatient areas including respirology, high risk new-born follow up clinic, GI, metabolics, weight management, neurology (ketogenic diet), and renal health. After moving to Alberta Caitlin has worked at both Alberta Children’s Hospital and the Child Development Center. She is an expert in developmental feeding behaviors. At Alberta Children’s Hospital Caitlin has provided coverage to most outpatient clinics, specializing in neurology and feeding difficulties.
Meet Hayley: Nutrition nerd, distance runner, and community connector in Calgary, Alberta.
After becoming a teacher and educating children ages 3 to 18 years old, Hayley realized there was a gap in educating children and youth about nutrition as a form of health prevention. This persuaded Hayley to pursue a nutrition career that has been largely shaped around research and practice in pediatric nutrition.
Hayley grew up in a very active home where she primarily played competitive soccer, dabbled in running, and danced as a form of expressing creativity and cross-training. Hayley continued with these activities into her adult life playing soccer at Minnesota State University Moorhead and becoming a Zumba and spin instructor.
Hayley is now a long-distance runner who is part of the Calgary run community as a pace crew leader for YYCRunCrew and a RunVan Ambassador. You can also check out her #blogandrun posts on social media, a hashtag she started to encourage and inspire people to get out and run. Hayley attained a large goal earlier this year: qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Given her strong background in sport, Hayley has channeled her knowledge and passion into working with athletes by optimizing their performance through nutrition.
Although Hayley has a diverse background and many passions, her areas of expertise as a Registered Dietitian include sports nutrition, celiac disease, allergies, positive management of weight, feeding and growth concerns, autism, picky eating, and youth education in schools.
When Hayley spends time helping families, teams, and individuals achieve their goals she shares in their trials and triumphs and is always excited to support in any way she can.
Calgary Family Nutrition is owned by Melissa Conniff, a Registered Dietitian with over 15 years experience in teaching families and healthcare professionals about nutrition.
Melissa was drawn to her work in pediatric nutrition after struggling with her own nutrition as a child and understanding early on how the food we eat impacts our health.
Melissa has worked in hospitals, community and public health settings in New York and Alberta. Her passion is helping families create a healthy relationship with food in their house and teaching families how to bring a variety of foods into their home for nourishment and enjoyment. She understands how hard this is as she is a mom of two active boys that keep her at the rink in the winter and the baseball diamonds in the spring and summer. She is also married to a pastry chef who loves to get the kids in the kitchen trying new recipes.
When Melissa isn’t creating things in the kitchen or helping families, you can find her in the mountains, running or enjoying time with friends and family with good food and wine!