WHO IS ANF?
Alison Friesen Nutrition
. . . was born out of a desire to provide honest and authentic nutrition support and services, with individual or group needs placed at the forefront. As Registered Dietitians (RDs), you can trust that we have the training and credentials to safely, accurately and effectively assess your nutritional needs and design a plan that is individualized and evidence-based.
AFN Desires To:
Establish strong, authentic relationships with clients and teams based on trust, commitment and respect. We believe strongly that this is an important part of providing a quality health service.
Provide custom care and inspire each client to reach their potential, using a team approach. As a regulated health profession, an RD works with the client along with the family doctor and other health care team members to provide the best care possible. We will communicate with the physiotherapists, physicians, trainers and coaches to provide an integrated service.
Provide our clients with practical tools on how to meet their nutritional goals. We believe strongly in a non-diet, whole food approach with the support of supplements only when needed.
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Alison Friesen, Owner
Alison Friesen is a Registered Dietitian specializing in the areas of sport nutrition, disordered eating and fertility. She graduated from the U of S with a BSc. in Nutrition and completed her dietetic internship with the Saskatoon Health Region. Alison’s practice is known for its client-centered approach that starts with a thorough whole-person assessment using cutting-edge research to help individuals create meaningful change. Her practice is split between sport nutrition and disordered eating within sport and fertility. Her passion for both areas allows her to provide excellent care with a vast and diverse amount of experience. Alison enjoys working with a range of ages, including youth and adults. She understands that developing meaningful and effective change to achieve a healthy pregnancy, recover or improve performance takes time. Alison is sensitive and brings an empathetic demeanor when working with individuals, couples and groups.
Alison is a member of the Saskatchewan Dietitians Association (SDA) and Dietitians of Canada (DC). She is also a member of the DC Consulting Dietitians Network, Professionals in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport (PINES), DC Sports Nutrition Network, SWADE and the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians (IFEDD).
Alison brings a strong athletic background to the field of nutrition, growing up competing in athletics, soccer and volleyball, both indoor and outdoor. Alison also spent a year in New Zealand, participating in an outdoor adventure program and finishing the program off by running a triathlon. Alison is a Consultant for the Sport Medicine & Science Council of Saskatchewan, working with a large range of athletes. Clients include Canadian Sport Center athletes, Canadian Para-Olympic athletes, NHL, WHL and a range of other hockey athletes, SK Provincial Teams, University athletes and club teams of various sports around Saskatoon and SK.
Sarah is originally from Regina but fell in love with Saskatoon when she moved to the city in 2009. Raised by a farmer and heavily involved in sports Sarah learnt the importance of food at a young age. A life-long academic at heart, Sarah attended the University of Saskatchewan and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition after completing several years in the Bachelor of Science in Biology program. Currently, she is doing her Masters in Nutrition looking at knowledge, attitudes, and practices around nutrition, and sexual and reproductive health and rights for adolescent girls in rural Uganda. Through her Masters she hopes to explore the close relationship between positive women’s health and nutrition to encourage better health outcomes for women globally.
Sarah has pursued many opportunities to expand her learning and understanding of those passions she holds dear as a Registered Dietitian. Her areas of passion are finding freedom with your food and body, allergies, and bringing a culturally sensitive mindset to her practice. Sarah brings a compassionate, and client-centered approach to her practice by giving her clients the space and time they need to explore their relationship with their body and food.
Sarah brings a strong culturally sensitive element to her practice, striving to bring in and understand key cultural and social factors for clients. Since 2016 Sarah continues to travel to Uganda, Africa where she participates in knowledge sharing with Ugandan based nutritionists on how she can provide more well-rounded care. These trips have increased her cultural competency and communication skills as she is a part of large inter-disciplinary healthcare teams in rural and urban Uganda. Sarah is open to bringing in other health care members who clients want to be a part of their team. During her undergrad years Sarah also worked with part of the immigrant and refugee in Saskatoon through a research position at the University of Saskatchewan. Both of these experiences have only increased Sarah’s abilities to provide care using up-to-date research to help clients develop more positive changes.
Sarah has a strong background and the needed empathetic demeanor to work with individuals living with food allergies or intolerances. Her main client base while working at the University of Saskatchewan’s Marquis Culinary Center was providing comfort and education to students who were living with a wide range of food allergies or intolerances, including those newly diagnosed. Sarah enjoys working with a wide range of ages, including families with young children, and adults.