Elsa Pavananthan2020-07-06T18:18:07-07:00

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Elsa Pavananthan

Registered Dietitian

Elsa grew up in Alberta with a love for sports, she played college volleyball which sparked her interest in the function of food and its role in fueling her body for performance, this led her along the path to pursue a career in Nutrition. Subsequently, Elsa attended University of Alberta and received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science and completed her clinical dietetic internship in Calgary, Alberta. She completed placements at the Peter Lougheed Centre, Diabetes, Hypertension & Cholesterol Centre, Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre, and Alberta Children’s Hospital.

Following her graduation, as a Registered Dietitian, Elsa relocated to Surrey, British Columbia, to pursue a career in outpatient counseling. She worked as a clinical outpatient Dietitian for the Fraser Health Authority and provided care to patients at the Surrey Memorial Hospital and Jim Pattison Outpatient Care & Surgery Centre.  Her role afforded her the opportunity to provide counseling on a variety of nutrition-related issues, including but not limited to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, pre & post-natal care, malnutrition, osteoporosis, IBS, celiac disease, and weight management.

Elsa offers customized nutrition plans that go beyond a quick-fix solution. Her clinical background provides a foundation for evidence-based nutrition with a focus on sustainable behavioral change. With a special emphasis on intuitive eating, she teaches one how to nourish and fuel their body while instilling a healthy relationship with food. Her “all foods fit” approach helps one find peace with food, as she provides practical daily applications to feel nourished, satisfied, and energized.

Elsa is a mother of three including a set of twins, and has personal experience managing her own postpartum health and is all too familiar with the many barriers to eating well while on the go. In her spare time, Elsa enjoys being active, this includes skiing, paddle boarding, hiking, and is a regular participant at Ora Fitness & Yoga Studio.

She is currently a registered member of the College of Dietitians of British Columbia and Dietitians of Canada.

Education & Credentials

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science

 University of Alberta 2011

Dietetic Internship

 University of Alberta 2011

Member of Dietitians of Canada

Member of the College of Dietitians of British Columbia

Member of Consulting Dietitians Network

Member of Sport Nutrition Network

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