Danielle and Ashley of the Crohn's and Colitis Dietitians

We are the Crohn’s & Colitis Dietitians.

We specialize in providing top-of-the-line medical nutrition therapy for Crohn’s and Colitis patients.

Our dietitians help people get relief from complex digestive concerns like diarrhea, constipation, persistent bloating, SIBO, acid reflux, allergy, EOE and much more. We have been there. We get it.

We understand the things you’re struggling with right now – the pain, the bloating, the constant running for the bathroom – because all of the dietitians in our practice have IBD.

We have the privilege of helping hundreds of patients with Crohn’s or Colitis each year find symptom relief and reduce their risk.

We have been able to see the incredible transformations that are possible for people when they get customized, evidence-based nutrition insight and lots of support. We are here for you and will meet you where you are at.

We know that everyone starts this journey at a different place and the reason you are considering reaching out in the first place is to make life less stressful – not more. We incorporate strategies with nutrition that encourage intuitive eating, health at every size (HAES) and are LBGTQ friendly. We aim to be a safe place where you can expect non-judgment and open mindedness.

Our Crohn’s & colitis clients have seen remarkable improvements:

More energy

Less stress around food

Increased confidence in their food choices

Peace with their nutrition plans

An expanded diet with a better understanding and management of trigger foods

Reduction in digestive symptoms

Sense of support and community around their IBD diagnosis

I went to [the CCD team] with severe stomach issues after being blown off by numerous doctors. Within 2 weeks I noticed a difference and now 6 months later I feel like a whole new woman. I recommend anyone and everyone to visit her. […] She believes in healing her clients. –T.S.

    Meet Our Team of IBD Dietitians

    Danielle, registered dietitian, Crohn's and Colitis Dietitians

    Danielle Leffler, RD, LD

    Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist

    **Currently Accepting New Patients**

    Danielle enjoys learning about all things gut health since being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at the age of 14. She feels that there is always something new to learn and loves sharing her knowledge with our patients.

    Danielle shares her knowledge through writing for our blog, authoring several of our e-books & writes some pretty great library articles each month.

    Danielle also leads our Pediatric program and group sessions each month. and is the new co-host for our podcast!

    In her spare time, Danielle enjoys cooking, shopping, hiking, and exploring Nova Scotia with her husband.

    Interests & Subspecialties

    • Dual-licensed in both Canada and the US 
    • Medical nutrition therapy for Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative colitis, Microscopic colitis, Post-surgery
    • Celiac Disease & Non-celiac gluten sensitivity
    • Women’s health nutrition
    • Pediatric IBD program lead
    Ashley Hurst, registered dietitian, Crohn's and Colitis Dietitians

    Ashley Hurst, MS, RD, LD (she/her)

    Registered Dietitian, Owner

    Hi!  I’m the owner of The Crohn’s & Colitis Dietitians. I started this practice – because I too have IBD as do several of my family members.

    I truly get how much having IBD can impact our lives and I know we deserve better. Our mission here at CCD is to contribute to better care for IBD patients through nutrition support, advocacy & research.

    As the leader of one of the top IBD focused nutrition practices in the US and Canada, I spend my time supporting my team and thinking up new ways for us to support Crohn’s & Colitis patients better.

    We have the honor of interacting with thousands of IBD patients each year and we are proud of the ways we have helped many take the stress out of figuring out IBD nutrition & find symptom relief.

    All of our dietitians are highly skilled and extensively trained in treating complex IBD cases. We have expertise in a variety of areas outside of IBD and see pediatrics, teens and adults.

    When you work with someone on our team you are working with someone with extensive training and expertise in IBD. We go above and beyond to provide exceptional care for those we work with – and I believe the value we provide is next to none.




    Areas of Focus:

    • Nutrition Researcher in IBD at the Underwood Center
    • Nutrition Research Lead at The Crohn’s & Colitis Dietitians
    • Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation –  Medical Advisory Board Member
    • Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation – IBD Kidz Support Group Lead



    I’m now at my normal weight and am no longer in pain.

    I can’t believe how much has improved. When I first started working with [the CCD team] I had lost over 25 lbs, was in a lot of pain and was pretty depressed after going to the ER several times without any answers. I’m now at my normal weight and am no longer in pain. –Seth

    Meet Our Support Staff

    Leah Browning, RN, Client Care Manager

    Leah Browning, RN

    Client Care Manager

    About Leah

    Leah has a background in nursing and administrative assistance. She loves spending time with her three children, and she enjoys yoga and outdoor adventures. Leah is also fascinated by the gut microbiome, like the rest of our team. 

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