Meet the Team

Karyn Sunohara, RD, Chef, President
Registered in: BC, AB, SK, & ON

Food and culture were things I have always had a love for. When I was younger, I would sit at the kitchen counter and help my parents or grandparents cook. At a young age, I was fortunate to travel to all over the world, which strengthened my love for food and culture.  I became even more invested in learning about the different cultures, food, languages and culinary techniques. 

This love for food lead me to culinary school where I was immersed in both food and culture. I spent endless hours in the kitchens at SAIT trying to absorb and learn everything I could from my amazing Chef mentors and instructors. I graduated from the Professional Cooking Program at SAIT in the spring of 2008, but felt a piece of my career was missing; it didn’t feel complete yet. After graduating, I worked at numerous restaurants, culinary institutions, and held a number of cooking positions. I still had a love and passion for food and culture, but I wanted more. 

While at SAIT, I was blessed to meet Mary-Sue Waisman, a Registered Dietitian and Chef.  Mary-Sue spent introduced me to the career of a Registered Dietitian, and looking back now, meeting her changed my life! I found a path where I could combine all of my passions into one amazing career as a Registered Dietitian! 

My dream is to share my love for food, nutrition and cultures in a hands on and interactive way. I believe that if you read something, you may remember it for a while, but if you do something, you’ll remember it for a lifetime! I strive to find fun, practical approaches to nutrition with my clients. 

Karyn Specializes in Family Nutrition and Paediatrics. She currently see patients for:

  • Infant Nutrition (Introduction of Solids, Constipation, Diarrhea, Failure to Thrive) 
  • Picky Eating 
  • Taste and Texture Challenges 
  • Food Allergies and Intolerances Including Oral Allergy Syndrome, FPIES, and FPIAP
  • Gut Health- Celiac Disease, IBS, IBD (Crohn’s and Colitis), Diverticulitis, Reflux
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder 
  • Food Relationship Including Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating 
  • Chronic Disease Management (Fatty Liver Disease, Diabetes, High blood pressure, High cholesterol, Heart Disease)

Gillian Skippon BSc Nutrition and Dietetics
Admin Assistant, VA & Social Media Manager

Gillian has always had a passion for nutrition and living an active and healthy lifestyle. Growing up, Gillian participated in team sports and learned about the importance of fuelling your body both for activity and for daily living. This led her to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition at Acadia University. Gillian enjoys being organized, assisting others and looks forward to being a part of the For the LOVE of FOOD team to help clients achieve their goals!​

Brooklyn Marshall, BA English and Spanish
Virtual Assistant

Brooklyn is a graduate of the University of Lethbridge, with a passion for organization and administrative assistance. During University, she had the opportunity to live in Mozambique running a school, which began her love of administrative assistance. She spent the year working as a personal assistant, creating schedules, writing documents and developing curriculum. As a Virtual Assistant, Brooklyn manages Social Media accounts and email inboxes, writes blog posts and generates client leads.

Emily Gagnier BSc, RD
Chronic Disease Management & Eating Disorders Dietitian – Registered in: Alberta

As a Registered Dietitian, Emily is passionate about empowering her clients to improve their health and wellness using the power of food and nutrition. She graduated with a BSc in Applied Human Nutrition from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, NS and completed her dietetic internship program back home in Ontario, at the London Health Science Centre. Driven by a hunger for learning and professional growth, Emily has worked in a variety of areas including clinical primary care, nutritional rehabilitation and long-term care.

Emily uses a blend of evidenced-based research and behaviour change principles, including motivational interviewing and a cognitive-behavioural approach, working with you to embrace food, understand it and enjoy it.

Emily’s Specialties Include:

  • Chronic Disease Management (Diabetes, Obesity, Heart Disease, Fatty Liver, Cancer)
  • Digestive Issues (Celiac Disease, IBS, IBD, Diverticulosis, Reflux)
  • Women’s Health (Pre-Natal, Pregnancy, Post-Natal, PCOS, Endometriosis)
  • Nutritional Psychiatry (Mental Health)
  • Disordered Eating
  • Intuitive and Mindful Eating
  • Meal Planning​

Fabijana Jakulj BSc, RD, CDE
Chronic Disease Management/Prevention, Pre/Post Natal, & Paediatrics Dietitian — Registered in: Alberta & Ontario

Fabijana has over 10 years of experience as an outpatient dietitian, working with adults, children, families and groups. She specializes in  metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes and diabetes; heart health, blood pressure, and gut disorders (IBS, constipation, diarrhea etc); psychological principles to support behaviour change and promote positive relationships with food; pre and post-baby, child and family nutrition.  

Having grown up in the Mediterranean region, Fabijana has always had an enthusiasm for food that nourishes the soul, the body and the community.  She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Health Psychology at the University of Calgary, and discovered her passion for nutrition while working on her thesis that explored the relationship between diet and stress.

Her passion soon led her to complete a second degree in Nutrition/Dietetics at the University of Alberta. ​Her background in health psychology provides her with additional skills and experience with behaviour change strategies, health promotion and a client centred approach. Fabijana is a mom of 2 and understands that life can be busy! She is ready to listen and offer practical, evidence-based solutions that are specific to you, and tailored to your unique lifestyle.

Fabijana’s Specialties Include:

  • Chronic Disease Management and Prevention
  • ​Pre and Post-Natal Nutrition – Including Gestational Diabetes
  • Paediatric and Family Nutrition
  • Gut Health – IBS, IBD (Crohn’s, Colitis), Celiac Disease 

Marni Larsen, MSc, RD
Chronic Disease Management/Prevention, Pre/Post Natal, & Long Covid Dietitian

Supports clients in: Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland

Not accepting new patients at this time.

Marni is a self-proclaimed foodie and lover of the outdoors. She became interested in the field of nutrition after having her own struggles with food and her health. As a result, she started to research how food can impact your overall wellbeing – and through this process she realized that she also had a passion for nutrition! She decided to study nutrition at the University of Alberta and graduated with distinction 4 years later. After completing her dietetic internship in 2005, she officially became a Registered Dietitian and in 2016 she went on to complete a Masters of Science degree in Nutrition and
Health Promotion, expanding her expertise and knowledge of nutrition even further.

Most recently, Marni has struggled with Long Covid. This has led her down the path of researching evidence-based nutrition solutions to help herself and others improve their health and get back to living their lives. Prior to private practice, Marni worked in a variety of settings including clinical primary care, prenatal outpatient care, pharmaceuticals (nutrition supplements and maternal and infant nutrition) and long-term care. She believes in balanced nutrition and works with her clients to help them achieve their nutrition goals, with the philosophy that all foods fit and that you should love the food that you eat!

Marni’s Specialties Include:

  • Chronic Disease Management and Prevention
  • ​Pre and Post-Natal Nutrition – Including Fertility
  • Long Covid Nutrition 

Amelia Dufour, Registered Dietitian
Paediatric & Eating Disorder Dietitian (Bilingual – French & English)

Supports clients in: Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, NWT

Amelia graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition Sciences at the University of Ottawa where she discovered her passion for clinical nutrition. She completed her clinical internship at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, and strives to help her clients and families improve their health, discover the pleasure of food and optimize their nutrition in an inclusive manner. Amelia is also passionate about adapting our nutrition for a positive climate impact and being creative in the kitchen to enjoy food.

Amélia’s Specialties Include:

  • Family Nutrition 
  • Picky Eating
  • Food Allergies
  • Infant Nutrition (Failure to Thrive, Introduction of Solids) 
  • Disordered Eating

Catherine Michaud, Registered Dietitian
Gut Health and Chronic Disease Management Dietitian Bilingual (French & English)

Supports clients in: Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland

Catherine strives to help her clients and families improve their health, discover the pleasure of food and optimize their nutrition in an inclusive manner.

Catherine’s Specialties Include:

  • Gut health
  • Food Relationship
  • Chronic Disease Management

Hannah Chapeskie, Dietitian
Chronic Disease Management/Prevention, Pre/Post Natal, & Paediatric Nutrition

Registered in Alberta, Starting May 2022

Hi! My name is Hannah Chapeskie and I am a graduate of the Acadia University Nutrition and Dietetics Program. I was born and raised in Ontario and grew up as a competitive dancer, which ultimately influenced my passion for health, wellness, and nutrition.

I will be taking on new clients starting the first week of May 2022!

Areas of Interest

  • Paediatrics
  • Food Allergies and Intolerances
  • Picky Eating
  • Eating disorders
  • Sports Nutrition
  • GI disorders

Renee Racine, Registered Dietitian​, IOC Diploma Sports Nutrition, Sports Nutrition Dietitian

Bilingual (French & English)

Supports clients in: Ontario, Quebec New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland

Renée is a Registered Dietitian specializing in human performance. Renée graduated top of her class with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics at Acadia University, completing an integrated internship in Nova Scotia. Renée worked in clinical nutrition before specializing in sports performance. She holds a Diploma with the International Olympic Committee in Sports Nutrition, and has been working with a variety of athletes for the past 7 years. 

From optimizing body composition, fuelling training sessions, maximizing adaptations, and supporting recovery, 

Renée is passionate about seeking and applying the best evidence to optimize physical performance. Book with Renée today to achieve your peak performance. ​

Renée’s Specialties Include:

  • Climbing and Mountaineering Nutrition
  • Military Training and Operational Fitness
  • Endurance Sport (Triathlon, Ironman, Ultra-Distance Events)
  • Team Sports (Hockey, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer)
  • Individual Sports (Bouldering, Swimming, Skiing, Powerlifting)
  • Injury Recovery and Return to Play ​