Richelle graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1992 with a BA (Hons) in Natural Sciences, a Masters in Nutrition & Dietetics and a Postgraduate Certificate in Allergy, University of Southampton. She is a CORU state registered dietitian who has been practising Dietitian for 16 years. She has run her nutrition consultancy for the past 15 years, NutritionWise, providing nutritional clinics for individual clients and consultation to businesses, NGO’s, education providers and sporting organisations. Richelle has a wealth of experience in working with people to better understand and self-manage their health through nutrition, behaviour, and lifestyle change. Richelle has a wealth of communication experience as a dietitian but also from her prior career in sales & marketing for 11 years.
She was president and CEO of the of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI), the professional body for Dietitians in Ireland and was made an honorary member. Richelle was a founding member of the Healthy Ireland Council and a past member of the Irish Institute of Sport Panel of Nutrition Advisors. Having coeliac disease herself she is also a board member of the Coeliac Society of Ireland (CSI) and chair of their Clinical Advisory Board. Richelle also has Parkinson’s disease, and is currently the secretary of the Dublin branch of the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland, a member of young Parkinson’s Ireland and an Ambassador for the World Parkinson Congress 2022. Richelle is also a founding member of the PD Avengers which is a global alliance of advocates united with a common goal of ending Parkinson’s.
She has been involved in media and lobbying to raise the profile of the fundamental importance of nutrition and health for the prevention and management of disease. She is an active advocate for Parkinson’s disease and coeliac disease. Through living as a person with both coeliac disease and PD, she understands both conditions from both receiving medical & health professional care and delivering care for people with chronic disease.