Director & Holistic Nutritionist
B.H.Sc. (OT), CNP
Kylie James is the founder and director of Koru Nutrition. As a certified nutritionist and registered occupational therapist, her passion is nutrition and its impact on the brain and brain chemistry.
Kylie became increasingly dedicated to researching nutrition and spinal cord injuries when her 1 1/2-year old nephew sustained a C3-C4 quadriplegia in 2009. In 2011, Kylie and a colleague received a grant from the Paralyzed Veterans of America to research and write a book on nutrition and preventing secondary complications in SCI. She is the Co-author of Eat Well, Live Well with Spinal Cord Injury, a practical guide to help address secondary health complications in SCI through nutrition.
Kylie also has a Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Therapy from Auckland University in New Zealand. She has 18 years of experience, in New Zealand, England and the last 14 years in Canada, as an occupational therapist in the motor vehicle accident industry. She has maintained senior and managerial roles as an occupational therapist in England and Canada; and has testified as an expert witness as an occupational therapist and for future care reports.
Kylie is a certified nutritional practitioner whose nutrition area of expertise is working with clients with multifaceted problems. including:
- brain injury
- Spinal cord injury and other neurological disorders
- Digestive issues
- Mental health
- Autism and ADD/ADHD
- Weight loss/gain
Kylie graduated form the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in 2009 with first class honors. Kylie James is also a member of the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants (IONC) and the Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners (CANNP).
Nutrition Guest Speaker, Researcher & Author
Kylie has presented on the topic of nutrition at the Canadian National Spinal Cord Injury conference, the Niagara Brain Injury conference and the Toronto ABI network conference in 2012. She has also presented on the topics of nutrition and SCI and brain injury at the American Spinal Cord Injury of Health Professionals in Las Vegas and The International Life Care Planning Symposium in Atlanta and the Provincial Brain Injury Conference (Ontario) in 2013. She was also accepted to present at the World Brain Injury Congress in San Francisco in 2014. In 2014 she completed a webinar on nutrition and SCI from the Spaulding Rehabilitation hospital in Boston to 400 people across the world.
Kylie has also been part of research studies in Canada (Brock University) and in the USA (Maryland University). The highlight of her career thus far was presenting at the 20th World Functional Medicine Conference at Harvard Medical School in 2016 and at the 13th World Brain Injury Conference in 2019 in Toronto .
Kylie writes articles for various disability magazines in Canada and the USA on the topics of nutrition. This includes the Ontario brain injury magazine (OBIA review), Kids Today, Sports and Spokes, Paraplegic News, New Mobility and Abilities. She has also been a peer review for the publication of the Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment Following Injury: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Kylie is also a competitive athlete and has competed for her country at a National and International level. In her spare time Kylie enjoys cottaging, wake boarding, playing touch rugby and golf, running, working out at the gym, yoga and doing F45. She loves to travel and has been to over 45 different countries. As a busy mom of 2 she loves to spend time with her kids and family and loves “family games nights” and family “dance offs”.