Born in Dublin, Orla qualified as a Dietitian from Kings College London. Orla initially obtained an honours degree in Physiology from Trinity College Dublin, allowing her to apply her detailed knowledge of the human body to the nutritional management of conditions and diseases.
Orla went on to obtain a Masters in Clinical Nutrition at Roehampton University, London, where she completed research on ‘The Incidence of Malnutrition in Adult Radiotherapy Outpatients and Commonly-Associated Symptoms’.
Orla has a personal interest in sport which naturally lead onto a professional involvement in Sports Nutrition. Orla obtained her third postgraduate diploma, this time in Sports and Exercise Nutrition, at the University of Ulster. She has completed research on ‘The effects of cryotherapy on lactate clearance post-exercise and the effect on subsequent performance’. She is also ISAK Level 1 trained.
Orla currently holds a clinic in the dublin nutrition centre, Dublin 2. Additionally she currently works with the Irish Institute of Sport and Athletics Ireland. Based at the National Sports Campus, the team is dedicated to supporting Irish Sports to reach World podiums by driving excellence in the high performance system through the delivery of world class services. Orla was involved in the nutritional management of many athletes leading up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio. She has worked with, and currently works with, a broad range of High Performance Elite athletes and sports including Cycling, Swimming, Modern Pentathlon, Badminton as well as many track events including 400m hurdles, sprint and endurance events.
Orla is a qualified Dietitian and member of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (M.I.N.D.I.).