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Ground & Root Cancer Nutrition is an online dietetics practice specialising in functional nutrition for cancer survivors.

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By using a holistic mind-body approach and focusing on whole foods, we empower you to take a proactive role in your healing. Above all else, we make sure you feel supported. We’re here to unapologetically believe in you and all of the opportunities ahead of you. 

Ground & Root was born to help cancer survivors fully ground themselves in the healing process while working to uncover potential root causes of their diagnosis.

Over the last 13 years, I've worked in conventional oncology departments, infusion clinics, integrative medicine clinics, and, now, in private practice.

I’ve seen firsthand what hundreds of cancer patients and their families are experiencing throughout this journey—including my own dad's experience as he faced cancer twice.


When my dad was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, I had a chance to put my research and clinical experience to use. I got his Oncologist on board and started him on a cancer recovery food and supplement plan.

With this plan supporting his chemotherapy, my father completed treatment with minimal side effects and went into remission while still working and feeling surprisingly well. It was incredible to watch.

I’m also the daughter of a cancer patient.

I’m Dionne Detraz, Registered Dietitian, and Integrative Functional Cancer Nutritionist

Today, my goal is to help others not only optimize their initial cancer recovery, but to also help them uncover potential root causes so they can reduce their chances of recurrence. These are not easy answers to find. But every step you take in the right direction is a step away from cancer. I would love to help you take those steps.

However, five year later, his cancer recurred. My mom asked the doctor how that could be possible. His reply was simply, “It happens sometimes, it’s just bad luck.”

But I refused to accept that answer. Yes, cancer is a complex disease with many possible causes, but “bad luck” is not one of them. Even genetics, which increase risk for some people, is not predetermined.

So, after my initial shock, I dove headfirst into finding out what may have caused my dad’s cancer and why it came back. This is when I discovered how functional medicine can help people uncover the root causes of their diagnosis. I only wished I had studied it earlier.

Unfortunately my father did not survive his recurrence. But it fueled my passion to do this work.

Our food philosophy is centered around seasonal, whole foods while also eliminating any expectations to be “perfect” with your diet.

We highlight specific food and metabolic strategies that can help weaken cancer cells.

We integrate functional labs to test for possible root causes of your cancer.

We recognize the power of the mind, so we explore ways to ground it. We incorporate spiritual, emotional, and energy work in addition to traditional dietitian strategies.

We incorporate various food and lifestyle strategies (like timed fasting or supplements) to help decrease toxicity and minimize the side effects from treatment so you can stay as strong as possible.

We use a stage-specific approach to help you focus on what’s most important at each stage of your cancer journey.

This means:

Our approach blends traditional nutrition with integrative and functional strategies to help you take an active role in your healing.

- Emily Kong

“Dionne worked with me as an individual and didn’t judge me when I
happened to not be following my protocol. When something wasn't
working or the results didn’t turn out as hoped, she helped me problem
solve what else I needed to do and other ways I could still achieve the
desired results. Dionne’s personalized protocols have really helped me
to focus on what I should do to help myself and prevent the cancer from
returning but also to be healthier.”

“Dionne worked with me as an individual and didn’t judge me when I happened to not be following my protocol. When something wasn't working or the results didn’t turn out as hoped, she helped me problem solve what else I needed to do and other ways I could still achieve the desired results. Dionne’s personalized protocols have really helped me to focus on what I should do to help myself and prevent the cancer from returning but also to be healthier.”

“Dionne will work with you without
judgement but will gently guide you in the
right direction.”

“Dionne will work with you without judgement but will gently guide you in the right direction.”

You’ll fill out a short form to tell us more about your story. Once we review your application, we’ll book in a quick call to see if private or group coaching is right for you.

If you feel called to work with us, we invite you to apply for nutrition coaching. 

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