Ally graduated with Honours in a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Wollongong and is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist with the Dietitian’s Association of Australia.
Since then she has used her skills and knowledge in a wide variety of settings. Ally was the Head Dietitian at Prince of Wales Private Hospital, had her own private practice, lectured in nutrition and has also been a mentor and supervisor to a number of nutrition students over the years.
Ally has had a regular column in the newspaper where she enjoyed writing about topical nutritional issues. Her experience as a clinical dietitian in a specialist medical facility, where she provided intervention and advice to individuals with disability and those being rehabilitated, sparked her passion for continuing to work with people with disability.
Ally started as the Head Clinical Dietitian at Hit 100 in November 2017. She has conducted menu reviews for tertiary facilities, redeveloped menus and improved supplement provision to enhance nutritional outcomes. This allowed her to be part of the team to create the Hit 100 menu, ensuring each meal is filled with all the macro and micronutrients our bodies need to function at their optimal level.
Ally enjoys providing group education programs for a range of needs including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, label reading, aging and falls, healthy eating and fibre and bowel health. Her personal passion for behaviour change has allowed her to develop her knowledge and skills in motivational interviewing and reflective listening practices, which she uses in her clinical sessions.