About Andrea Bartels: Registered Nutritional Therapist

Hi! I’m a Registered Nutritional Therapist (RNT) and Natural Nutrition Coach/Practitioner (NNCP) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

This year, I am celebrating my 25th year working as a nutritionist! 

Over my career I have successfully coached hundreds of clients with skin problems, digestive disorders, cardiovascular disease, weight issues,  pain and gynecological diseases. Since each person is unique, I analyze an individual’s health and lifestyle data, then design a wellness program to suit his/her health goals. Throughout my programs, I employ my extensive knowledge of nutritional supplementation to restore the balance of essential nutrients while I teach my clients how to eat in a way that supports their vital organs best.

I am often asked how I arrived on this career path. My university education in geography and environmental studies included a mix of cultural and population studies in addition to the expected study of mapping, climate and topography. It wasn’t until I graduated that I realized that two of my favourite university courses had involved the study of spatial patterns of disease, and  the chemistry of food, health and drugs.  I decided to learn more about why certain populations and places experience more of certain diseases, and how dietary choices may have influenced these phenomena. It became obvious to me that studying nutrition was the next thing I needed to do! So I enrolled at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition (Toronto)  and completed a diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition in 1999. I am now a proud member of  The Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners (CANNP).

So why did I choose to study natural nutrition instead of dietetics? I have always believed that eating natural, minimally processed foods makes healthier bodies than processed, ‘fast’ foods would. I felt that difference personally when I first started making some changes to my diet at the age of 17. I saw the difference in my skin, (an improvement in my acne and later, eczema)  when I reduced my intake of processed foods.  Secondly, I chose this philosophy because I didn’t want to be limited to dispensing only one-size-fits-all, government-approved health and nutrition information.  I have continued my education steadily throughout my career from a variety of experts to bring you recommendations based on a combination of cutting-edge nutritional research and thousands of years of traditional cultural wisdom.

During my 20+ year tenure as an instructor at The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition I played a major role in training Ottawa’s nutrition professionals.  I continue to exercise my passion for health education as Lead Educator with Pure Lab Vitamins.

I’ve been honoured to be nominated, voted for and awarded the title of Ottawa’s Top Nutritionist of 2015 by FACES Magazine.

In my spare time, I’m an avid open-water swimmer, hiker, farmer’s market fan and mushroom photography enthusiast. On other days, I’m experimenting in the kitchen, reading, skiing, dancing Nia and planning my next hiking or swimming adventure.

To get to know me and my philosophy better, please check out my blog for my opinions on various hot topics in nutrition.

To see what my clients have to say about our work together, please visit my testimonials page!