Brookside Nutrition Department

The Nutrition Department is committed to providing high quality nutrition counseling services to our patients through a culturally sensitive, patient-centered approach. Our department provides therapeutic nutrition counseling for Brookside's primary care patients.

Services Provided

Therapeutic Nutrition Program

Our team of registered dietitians provides nutrition counseling to Brookside primary care patients with nutrition related medical conditions, which include but are not limited to:

  • Diabetes (including Gestational Diabetes)
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Food allergies

Patients must receive a referral from their Brookside primary care provider and must have insurance that covers nutrition counseling. If you are interested in receiving nutrition counseling, please speak with your primary care provider.

Fitness In the City Program

In collaboration with the Pediatric Department, eligible children and youth ages 5-18 can be referred by their primary care provider to Fitness in the City. This program, funded through a grant from Children's Hospital and the Kohl's Cares for Kids Foundation, provides free nutrition counseling for weight management. The Fitness in the City nutritionist works with the Youth Sports Coordinator to help families find sports and other activities to promote a healthy lifestyle. If you are interested in this program, please speak with your pediatrician.

Our Staff

Irene O'Hayer, RD, LDN, IBCLC

Irene O'Hayer, RD, LDN, IBCLC

Director of Nutrition Services & WIC

Education: University of Massachusetts, enrolled in MS in Health Management; University of Rhode Island, BS in Dietetics and BA in Spanish.

Interests: International Nutrition; Public Health; Infant and Child Feeding; Lactation

Languages: English & Spanish

Taelyr Hair, MS, RD, LDN

Taelyr Hair, MS, RD, LDN


Education: Framingham State University; MS Nutrition and Dietetics with concentration in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Minor in Spanish from Boston University.

Interests: Infant, Child, and Adolescent Nutrition; Infant/Childhood Feeding Practices; Maternal Nutrition for Breastfeeding and Lactation; Genetic Metabolic Disorders.

Languages: English and intermediate Spanish.

Maria Grijalva

Maria Grijalva, RD, LDN


Education: Johnson & Wales University, BS in Culinary Nutrition and Dietetics; New York Presbyterian Hospital Dietetic Internship

Interests: Diabetes; Weight management; Recipe development; Infant Nutrition and Lactation

Languages: English, Spanish, and some French

Contact Us

The Nutrition Department can be reached at:

Phone: (617) 983-6086

Fax: (617) 983-6007


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