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Transplant Hero: Julia

There are a lot of people involved in the organ donation and transplant process in our province. From doctors and nurses, to dieticians and pharmacists—each and every one of them play a vital role in helping people in BC get a second chance at life.
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Julia is one of those heroes.

What do you do? 

I’m a registered dietitian working at the Nanaimo Transplant Clinic and the Nanaimo Kidney Care clinic. In my role, I help people who’ve had a kidney transplant achieve proper nutrition by taking into account a number of factors such as other medical conditions, renal status, and nutrition-related side effects of their medications.  I also work with people on achieving a more active lifestyle.

How long have you worked in organ donation/transplant? What made you want to work in this field?

I’ve been a part of the Nanaimo Transplant Clinic since it opened in April 2015. When I found out that Nanaimo was going to get a transplant clinic, I was excited to join the team. Having worked in renal for a number of years with both dialysis patients and those in earlier stages of renal impairment, I looked forward to being a part of another aspect of their treatment. 

What do you enjoy most about what you do? What’s most rewarding?

I really enjoy being a part of the transplant recipient’s journey and hearing their stories.  I feel honoured at being able to help them in any way I can to live a healthy and happy life.   

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