Natalie DeMarco, MScFN, RD
Natalie DeMarco, MScFN, RD

Education

MSc in Food and Nutrition, Brescia University College/Western University

BASc in Applied Human Nutrition, University of Guelph

Professional Certifications/Memberships in Good Standing

Dietitians of Canada

College of Dietitians of Ontario

How it Started

Natalie DeMarco is a Registered Dietitian based in Windsor, Ontario. Her desire to pursue a professional career as a Registered Dietitian stems from growing up in an Italian-Canadian household where food was central to their lives. She fondly remembers sitting at the kitchen table with her grandmother, listening to stories about her life in Italy over a cup of espresso. Plagued by various health issues, Natalie’s grandmother would later pass away. Unfortunately, she was followed by Natalie’s grandfather and uncle shortly thereafter. While she had no formal education in nutrition at the time, Natalie knew that better dietary management could have changed the trajectory of her family’s illnesses.

Upon making the connection that nutrition is synonymous with health, Natalie’s passion to pursue the discipline through intensive study was ignited. This led her to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Human Nutrition from the University of Guelph, followed by a Master of Science with combined dietetic internship from Brescia University College in London, Ontario.

It is Natalie’s personal belief that nutrition is both an art and a science. Through working with various clients from many different backgrounds, Natalie is able to hone the science of nutrition, how different foods and nutrients will help or hinder her client’s condition, and ‘how’ to work good nutrition into each client’s unique lifestyle.

Natalie’s Career

Natalie is fairly new to the Registered Dietitian profession, but she already has a wide range of experience working with clients facing unique challenges such as Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and eating disorders. Natalie has worked on a one-on-one basis to confront each challenge, collaborating with each client to mitigate the health barriers associated with each diagnosis.

Influential Moment

One of the most influential moments of Natalie’s career occurred with one of her clients that she had been seeing to help lower his cholesterol levels. His doctor had told him that she had been watching

his cholesterol levels for a while, and they had finally reached a point where something had to be done, or statins would be required. While he came to Natalie in a total panic, he was not terribly

motivated to change his ways as it was perceived to be “too much work.”

After working with Natalie closely to develop a feasible game plan not just for good nutrition, but also to work healthy habits into his day-to-day life, he was able to drop his LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and lower his triglycerides within normal range after only 12 weeks. When his doctor told him that he would no longer require statins, he was thrilled.

Seeing clients achieve their goals and change their lives is the driving force for Natalie’s continued work in nutrition counselling and nutrition education.

On Natalie’s off days…

She enjoys practicing yoga, hiking on sunny days, and curling up on the couch with her cat Max, a cup of Starbucks Blonde Roast coffee, and a good book.