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Dean Simon

Registered Dietitican, Private Consultant
Dean Simon | Diététiste agréé, consultant privé
Dean Simon | Diététiste agréé, consultant privé
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Dean Simon is a registered dietician and private consultant.

About me

I was born/grew up in: Bay St. George, Newfoundland

I now live in: Flat Bay, Newfoundland

I completed my training/education at: St. Francis Xavier University, BSc Organic ChemistryBSc Human Nutrition

What I do at work

I council individuals and groups on Healthy Eating and Physical Activity. I use chemistry, biology and Math very regularly. The equipment I use is not very high tech: bathroom scales, cloth measuring tape, pen, paper, a laptop and last but not least, running shoes. Obesity and chronic disease is the problem I engage in. I make decisions everyday based on STEM skills. I work independently at this time and offer services in French and English. I am working towards fluency in the Mi'kmaw language.

My career path is

When I was in high school I had hoped to be a medical doctor. I went to university and applied to the program but did not get accepted. I went on to complete two Bachelor’s Degrees (Organic Chem and Human Nutrition). When I completed the Organic Chemistry degree I worked at different jobs but nothing that was really satisfying. A friend of mine opened my eyes to Dietetics and it seemed like a great fit with my love of running and sports in general. So I started to look at becoming a dietitian.

registered dietitian is a regulated health profession that requires a four-year Bachelor’s Degree, a one-year internship, and successful completion of a National Certification Exam. So, almost 17 years after I completed my degree in Organic Chemistry, I went back to complete one in Human Nutrition (I don’t believe you are ever too old to start again.)

After this I had to find a place to intern as this is part of the requirements for registration. I didn’t get into an internship the first two times I applied but on my third try I was accepted to complete a pilot project internship at St. Francis Xavier University. In this Indigenous focused internship I worked in a number of small Indigenous communities from Nova Scotia to Labrador. My area of concentration was incorporating Indigenous languages into community, food service and clinical aspects of Dietetics. It was a great experience and now I’m now practicing privately with weight management clients. I do both in person and online programs and do healthy eating presentations at community events and in school nutrition presentations.

I am motivated by

When my clients stick to the plan we have developed long enough to FEEL and SEE the difference, I am very happy. I have always been a "gym rat" so translating that into a valuable profession is satisfying.

How I affect peoples’ lives

The work I do as a dietitian is very important to the community. The obesity epidemic affects First Nations disproportionately and leads to many other health problems. I love helping people become more active and cooking at home!

Outside of work I

I run A LOT! I have completed the Boston Marathon and Ironman Newfoundland. I teach Mi'kmaw Language basics and I am a volunteer Fire Fighter.

My advice to others

Learn to cook and embrace hard physical work (like walking or biking everywhere and gardening).

I am Indigenous

I am a Newfoundland Mi’kmaq person.

When I was a student, I enjoyed:
  • Foreign Language
  • Math
  • Computer Science
  • Physical Education/Health
  • Science
  • Music
When I was a student, I would have described myself as someone who:
  • Played on a sports team
  • Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades
  • Played video games

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