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.
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)
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.
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
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, 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