PSP Society of Canada Announces first ASK THE DIETITIAN SESSION
Organization to host Canadian Dietitian & Dysphagia Expert remotely to field questions from patients and caregivers
Kingston, ON – Saturday April 12th, 2021 – Today, The PSP Society of Canada announced that they will be facilitating their first ASK THE DIETITIAN SESSION as part of the next remote Support Group meeting. Christine Francis, a scientific advisor to the organization will be attending the April 21st session to field questions relating to swallowing & diet for patients experiencing dysphagia as a symptom of PSP, CBD and MSA. As usual, the session is open to patients, caregivers and others affected by Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) & Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD).
“We are incredibly fortunate to have Christine as a trusted resource,” said PSP Society of Canada Vice President Stéphane Hetherington. “Her support of our group’s drive to continue serving those affected by these illnesses is vital to our success”
The PSP Society asks that interested participants register for the session and SUBMIT THEIR QUESTIONS IN ADVANCE via a short survey available here and through the link in the group details below.
Location: Zoom (Remote)
Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/92249140900
Date: Wednesday April 21st
Time: 7:30PM EST
Christine Francis, RD, DDEPT
Christine is a Registered Dietitian in good standing with the College of Dietitians of Ontario and is committed to providing evidence-based nutritional information to those she provides care for. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition with a Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics at Brescia University College (an affiliate of Western University), where she graduated on the Dean’s Honour Roll. While studying at Brescia, she was invited to attend the Student Leadership Recognition Event for three consecutive years, where she was acknowledged for her meaningful impacts. Christine continued her education by becoming a distinction graduate of the Diploma in Dietetic Education and Practical Training program also offered at Brescia University College, which consisted of a rigorous, accredited dietetic practicum program at several organizations.
Christine is currently an active member of Dietitians of Canada, including the Gerontology Network and the Dysphagia Assessment and Treatment Network. She continues to further her education by completing online courses and tuning into webinars, specifically aimed at those involved with caring for individuals with dysphagia.
Christine focuses primarily on working with residents in a long-term care environment managed by Extendicare Inc., where she is the sole Registered Dietitian for a 200-bed facility. She is able to improve residents’ experience and quality of life by ensuring that their rights and safety are met through nutrition and hydration. Alongside her interdisciplinary team, Christine successfully implemented the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI) to ensure the safety of residents with dysphagia.
In addition, Christine runs her own private practice, entitled Christine the RD, where she works collaboratively with clients in the Greater Toronto Area to accomplish desired goals. She aims to assist those she works with to meet their long-term health goals by translating the science of nutrition into realistic, practical, and understandable recommendations. Christine’s social media presence allows her to demonstrate her knowledge of nutrition and health by educating the general public and demystifying misinformation.
The PSP Society of Canada serves patients and families dealing with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and related diseases such as Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) and Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD). For more information please visit. www.pspsocietycanada.ca