Meet Helen Emanoilidis
Name: Helen Emanoilidis
Title & Department: Registered dietitian, Musculoskeletal program and cardiology
On the WCH team for: 15 years
1. What does your typical work day look like?
My typical day starts with a sip of coffee and an exchange of a few funny stories with my colleagues. Between the various programs I work in (MSK and cardiology), my day progresses with seeing several interesting patients, many of whom get a real kick out of playing with my fake food models. As a dietitian, I never get bored of talking about food and health. In fact, I feel rewarded daily when I see an outcome change because of my nutrition interventions.
2. What excites you the most about working at WCH?
There are several reasons that make me feel good about working at Women’s. One of the most important reasons for me is that I get to work with the most amazing people anyone could ask for. The support and team comradery from my colleagues is second to none. I feel both valued and respected as a professional, as a member of the team and as a friend.
I recently celebrated my 15 year anniversary at Women’s College Hospital, but my time at Women’s started long before that. I started as a volunteer in Health Watch years ago, then became a dietetic intern during my training years and shortly after that an employee. I knew this was the place I wanted to work the first day I stepped in the building. There is a real sense of family and support here at Women’s. Because of the people I work with, I can’t imagine wanting to work anywhere else.
3. How does your work contribute to creating a positive patient experience?
I love helping someone find what works for them. It’s so important to look at every patient as an individual with their own unique relationship to food. My goal is to empower my patients by helping them find easy and practical dietary strategies that fit their health needs, their lifestyle and preferences.
4. Tell us one (or three) thing(s) that your colleagues would be surprised to learn about you?
Although I have never tried it, I think I would enjoy karaoke (even though I can’t carry a tune).