Michele McCall MSc, RD

Instructor for: 

Advanced Concepts in Critical Care Nutrition

Introduction to Enteral Nutrition in Adult Hospitalized Patients

Introduction to Parenteral Nutrition in Adult Hospitalized Patients

Clinical Nutrition Specialties: COPD and Liver

Michele’s career has spanned over 30 years of critical care nutrition practice at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada, serving medical, surgical, trauma and cardiovascular ICU patients. She has taught various clinical nutrition and research courses for 19 years at Ryerson University, Toronto in the School of Food and Nutrition. After many years of instructing dietetic interns, Michele developed the first mentoring program for interns in Canada. She has won several teaching awards including the St. Michael’s Hospital Education Excellence Award after her three years as Dietetic Internship Coordinator. Practice-based research has also always been a passion, and Michele has authored or co-authored many studies and has been a member of multiple national and international nutrition support guideline committees. 

Michele's CV can be accessed here: Resume 2022 Michele McCall - c.doc

Guest Speakers for Advanced Concepts in Critical Care Nutrition Support

We are excited to have four nutrition experts participate as guest speakers for this course.  

Dr. Marina Mourtzakis is currently an Associate Professor and Scientific Director of the Centre for Community, Clinical and Applied Research Excellence in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo, Ontario and will be speaking on muscle outcomes. 

Heidi Nixdorf is a Critical Care Dietitian at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga, Ontario and will be sharing her experience with volume-based feeding. 

Judy King is a Critical Care Dietitian at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ontario and will present a case study of a complex patient with short bowel syndrome. 

Carol Rees Parrish is a Nutrition Support Specialist at the Digestive Health Center at the University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA. She will be discussing the latest in nutrition support and acute pancreatitis.

Guest Speaker for Introduction to Parenteral Nutrition in Hospitalized Patients

Olivia Saqui, RN, BScN, MAEd

 Olivia spent more than 38-years of her illustrious career as the Clinical Nurse Specialist at University Health Network’s Parenteral Nutrition Program.   She spoke internationally, collaborated with researchers, authored several studies related to safe practice delivery of PN in adult patients; central venous catheter infections; quality of life improvement with patients living with PN to name a few.  She is revered as one of the few nursing leaders and subject matter expert by community and industry partners and other HPN programs across Canada.

Instructors for Clinical Specialties: Oncology, COPD, Renal, Liver

Denise Gabrielson,  MSc, RD - Oncology module. Denise is a Registered Dietitian in the Oncology and Hematology program at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Canada, providing both inpatient and outpatient nutrition care for patients with breast, lung, gastrointestinal, genitourinary as well as hematological cancers. Denise is currently Co-Chair for the Dietitians of Canada Oncology Network, and has presented nationally and internationally on the importance of nutrition in cancer.    

Michele McCall, RD, MSc - COPD and liver modules.  Michele is the director of McCall Dietetics, founded after a 31-year career in critical care dietetics, university teaching and practice based research at St. Michael's Hospital and Ryerson University in Toronto.  See further details at the top of this page. 

Dani Renouf, RD, MSc, CDE - Renal module. Dani has been a Vancouver based dietitian for the past two decades, working in a variety of areas within the profession, most recently as Renal Resource Dietitian at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, BC Renal Dietitian Chair, and as a clinical dietitian working with patients living with kidney disease.

Christine Nash MSc, RD -  Renal module. Christine is a Registered Dietitian at the University Health Network in Toronto and has been working with patients with chronic kidney disease (Stages 3-4, including dialysis) for over 17 years. She is the president of the Canadian Association of Nephrology Dietitians (CAND) and is the provincial renal dietitian lead for the Ontario Renal Network. In 2019, she completed her Master of Science (Nutritional Sciences) at the University of Toronto, where she studied nutritional status and dialysis modality and their effect on folate status 20 years after the institution of a national folic acid fortification program.    

Linda Cerullo MHS, RD - Renal module. Linda is a Registered Dietitian at the University Health Network in Toronto who has been working with patients with kidney transplants and chronic kidney disease for more than 15 years. In the area of kidney transplantation, Linda’s primary emphasis has been to provide nutrition support and education during the recovery of newly transplanted kidney patients. She completed her Masters of Health Studies at Athabasca University and has been involved in various research projects  including updating the Canadian Association of Nephrology Dietitians’ Essential Guide chapter on Nutrition and Kidney Transplant and as an external reviewer for the Renal Transplant Knowledge pathway for the Dietitians of Canada Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN) resource.