What Really Matters?

Is it your health? Is it feeling better? Is it finding greater ways to live, love and laugh by maximizing the capacity of your body, mind & spirit? If you answered “YES!” to any of the above, you’ve come to the right place!

About Me

Having successfully navigated a breast cancer diagnosis in 2009 using the power of nutrition to lead the way to full recovery and beyond, I view my cancer journey as an opportunity. For it was during my cancer journey that I experienced the power of food in a new and revitalizing way, creating the desire to learn more!

I graduated from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, with honours, in 2012, earning the designation of Certified Nutrition Practitioner (CNP).  I am also a Breast Health Practitioner. 

I would love to share with anyone who is looking to improve your health, my experience and knowledge of healing from the inside out, on all levels. 

My approach to optimal health encompasses the whole person, as God created us, based on our mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, along with our physical wellness, rooted in (based on) the principles of sound nutrition and balanced lifestyle. 

My warm, caring and knowledgeable approach to helping people discover the power of food in their lives may be just what you need!  

Let’s get started!

My Services


A Holistic Nutritionist does not diagnose and does not prescribe medications. A Holistic Nutritionist gets to know you and your health history, your likes & dislikes, your joys and sorrows – the whole person. Diet & lifestyle are the two main culprits when it comes to illness or just not feeling good. As well, we look at deficiencies. Then, we can get at the root cause. Healing from the inside out will need diet & lifestyle recommendations, and, likely natural supplements (vitamins, minerals, herbs, homeopathy) may also be recommended. 

“The health of the gut is the health of the body” ~Hippocrates.

There is much recent research into the power of the gut and its mark on our health. Our gut naturally contains both good and bad bacteria. We need to ensure that the good bacteria outnumbers the bad bacteria to maintain good health. What affects the gut most? The foods and drinks we consume. If we are consuming packaged, processed, high sugar foods, then we are throwing off the bacteria ratio in our gut, and therefor creating the backdrop to poor health. Whereas, if we consume foods from the earth, vegetables, fruits, grains, meats, then we can take comfort in knowing we are eating real food that makes a real difference in our health status. Whether vegan, vegetarian, meat eater or other, everyone can benefit from eating close to the earth.

“The most important thing you do to control your genes every day is eat well.” Dr. Mark Hyman, Functional Medicine

The benefits of seeing a Holistic Nutritionist are many. You will be under the care of a practitioner who takes the time to get to know you, your health history and your health concerns. The Holistic Nutritionist helps you reach your health goals through sharing with you her knowledge and experience with food and its power to heal. You will be provided with handouts to take home for your ongoing reference, as well as menu plans, recipes and any other information related to bringing your health to the next level, ie. ways to manage stress, exercise, etc.

Do Holistic Nutritionists treat medical conditions, such as: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, cancer, anxiety,depression, etc.?

Holistic Nutritionists do not diagnose or treat specific medical conditions. Rather, we address the environment in which these illnesses exist, addressing the two main culprits – diet & lifestyle – then deficiencies, and getting at the root cause of the symptoms that were given a name, the diagnosis.

Unfortunately, OHIP does not cover the cost of seeing a Holistic Nutritionist.

Some insurance companies cover Holistic Nutritionist. Check with your insurance company to see if you have coverage.

Health & Wellness Events

“Healing the Brain”

Come & hear Joanne Matters CNP share the latest breaking news on Healing the Brain!

Whether depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD, OCD, autism, Alzheimers, Parkinson’s and more, the latest research into the neuroplasticity of the brain gives us much hope in the power to heal our broken brains!

Tuesday, January 22, 2:00-3:00pm
Trillium Club House, St. Elizabeth’s Village
293 Rymal Rd. W., Hamilton, ON

Free Talk
Coffee & Tea

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Past Events

September 2018

The Blog

It Really Matters

Marijuana and CBD – What’s the Difference?

As Canada legalizes recreational marijuana this month, the use of CBD, a medicinal component of marijuana, is also getting a lot of attention. There are many pros and cons associated with the use of CBD, so I'm posting below an excellent article by a credible source, Meghan Telpner (meghantelpner.com). What [...]

By |October 16th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

ADD/ADHD – The Power of Food – Part 1

ADD and ADHD are growing in numbers. Thankfully, the research into the life-changing effects of food is growing too! ADD and ADHD are neurological and behaviour-related conditions, affecting children, teens and adults. Symptoms typically include: difficulty in concentration, impulsiveness and high energy, finding it difficult to sit still for any [...]

By |September 19th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Second Brain – the GUT

“The health of the gut is the health of the body,” said Hippocrates, the accredited father of modern medicine, who knew the power of the gut in supporting or detracting from our overall health. And, now there is scientific research confirming his belief, actually referring to the gut as the second brain!Neurologist, [...]

By |September 4th, 2018|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Make An Appointment

Appointments can be scheduled during the hours of Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 5:00pm. Later appointments can be scheduled upon request. I am located in St. Elizabeth’s Village (9 Father Fuzy Lane, Hamilton, ON). If within St. Elizabeth’s Village, I can meet with you in your home.