About Maria

Registered Dietitian based in Ireland

Education & Experience

Maria graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Human Nutrition & Dietetics from Trinity College Dublin in 2016.

Since then Maria has gained a variety of clinical experience working

within both acute hospitals and the community. Maria has a wide variety of clinical experience in areas including; healthy eating, gut health, nutrition support, care of the elderly, weight management, eating disorders, heart disease, neurological conditions, cancer, kidney disease and more.

In 2016 Maria completed an obesity research internship in Purdue University, Indiana, USA. Maria's experience working with people undergoing bariatric (weight-loss) surgery, eating disorders & disordered eating resulted in a passion for helping others rebuild a positive relationship with food & to regain control over their lives.

In 2018 Maria travelled to Kisiizi hospital in Uganda as a volunteer with CHEEERS an Irish non-profit, professional volunteer organisation. During Maria's time in Uganda she utilised her dietetic skills to train hospital staff on the importance of nutrition for wound healing, nutrition and diabetes and how to screen children for malnutrition.

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Maria is also trained in the use of the low FODMAP diet for the management of IBS and has a keen interest in all things related to gut-health.

 

Maria has extensive experience working in care of the elderly and is an active volunteer and ambassador for ALONE Ireland, a national charity that highlights the issues facing older people living alone.
 

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Family, Interests & Hobbies

I grew up in a town called Macroom in Co. Cork with three brothers, one sister and a very patient mom and dad!

I played football for the Cork Ladies football team from the age of under 12 to under 21's. During my time playing football I was lucky to gain a lot of friendships, amazing memories, a few all-Ireland medals... but most importantly a passion for all things nutrition and fitness! I was fascinated by the relationship between nutrition and its impact on our performance in sport. It led me to my career in dietetics today.

I love all things related to food, hence why I studied it for four years. I enjoy cooking, baking and most of all eating! 

My love for fitness and sport is still with me. I am currently training for my first calisthenics competition this year (calisthenics is a form of physical training focused on mastering your own body-weight). If you want to keep up with my progress (which currently involves lots of falling on my head... but I'm getting there) as I learn how to handstand, back-lever, human-flag, muscle-up and more, be sure to follow on Instagram and check out The Irish Calisthenics Academy here.

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