Elena is a member of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec (OPDQ) and Dietitians of Canada. She graduated from McGill University with a master’s degree in Dietetics in 2021, and is currently in the progress of completing additional training in Motivational Interviewing, and obtaining an Attestation en Hygiène et Salubrité Alimentaire from MAPAQ.
Elena is a new member of the PERFORM Centre. She supervises and supports the activities related to research, education and community projects in the Nutrition Suite, and provides training to dietetic interns. Elena is passionate about helping people reconnect with their internal wisdom to optimize their own health and well-being with the non-diet approach to health. She is excited about the opportunity to empower students and community members to embrace food, to understand it, and to enjoy it.
Previously, Elena worked as a clinical dietitian at CHSLD Dorval and CHSLD Nazaire-Piché, where she participated as a member of the multidisciplinary care team in the development and evaluation of individualized, evidence-based nutrition care plans for residents with varying progressive diseases and permanent loss of autonomy. Combined with her previous studies at McGill University and internship experience at various community organizations and health facilities, she gained experience with nutrition presentations, educational resource development, cooking workshops, recipe and menu development, content writing and nutrition counseling for: malnutrition in older adults, disordered eating, weight management, renal failure, and gastrointestinal conditions.