Meet Maura

Credentials & Experience
I received my B.S. in Nutrition and double majored in EcoGastronomy (sustainability of food systems and its global impact). I then went onto become a Registered Dietitian which meant completing the required 1200-hour dietetic internship at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. This allowed me to refine my nutritional counseling and medical nutrition therapy to patients with complex, chronic diseases in the acute, outpatient, ICU and long term setting.  Upon completing the internship, I passed the national board exam to become a Registered Dietitian.
I knew the importance of being able to facilitate my clients through behavior change and lifestyle modifications, therefore I couple my nutrition expertise with more effective coaching skills by enrolling and completing The Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s Health Coaching program and Advanced Practicum.

My goal has always been to support and empower as many people as possible toward creating a vibrant health and enriched life, which is why I created Wellness with Maura. I take an integrative health approach, meaning exploring the clients’ entire well-being (habits, mindset, food choices, stress levels, sleep quality, movement, etc.) while keeping nutrition at the core of most sessions. In addition to 1:1 virtual coaching, I provide workplace wellness services and have had the privilege of working with companies like Salesforce, Mckinsey & Co., Wayfair and more. Additionally, I previously worked as one of two Dietitians at Facebook/Meta’s onsite health center in Menlo Park.
How I fell in love with the field of nutrition:
I was fortunate to grow up in a household where healthy eating and an active lifestyle were prioritized. My parents had an amazing garden in my backyard and from it, my mom prepared nutrient-dense, homemade meals almost every day of my childhood. When other kids were eating pizza and nachos at school, I was eating (what my friends would call) ‘birdseed bread’ with hummus, organic sliced veggies and granola. Though I was envious of my friends’ food at the time, as I grew up I realized how important the influence of nutrition and clean eating was to every aspect of my life. This passion has driven my desire to support individuals, families and team offices to achieve the health, dietary, and lifestyle habits they deserve.
Philosophy on nutrition + wellness counseling:
I'm a firm believer that for individuals to achieve and maintain their health goals with confidence, it’s essential they have the proper tools, resources, insights, individualized support, and evidenced-based knowledge to make this magic happen. I take an integrative, whole-body approach toward nutrition that is personalized for every individual. I emphasize mindful eating and sustainable behavior changes which means I certainly don’t push diets on my clients or sign them up for gimmicky ‘quick fixes’. 

Through education, encouragement, and accountability, I’ve had the opportunity to coach hundreds of individuals through their unique set of barriers and desired health outcomes. It’s been incredibly rewarding to witness my clients’ create gratifying eating habits, gain confidence in their health, explore realistic solutions to achieve and maintain their health goals, and fuel themselves with the highest quality foods in the most efficient way.
CREDENTIALS
Registered Dietitian - Trained in clinical medical nutrition therapy at the San Francisco VA Medical Center + Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Didactic Program in Dietetics - Simmons College

B.S. Nutrition & EcoGastronomy - University of New Hampshire + University of Gastronomic Sciences (Pollenzo, Italy)

Diabetes Prevention & Lifestyle Coach - CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program

Integrative Health Coach - The Institute for Integrative Nutrition

Certificates: Advanced Health Coaching, BLS

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

“I have had the pleasure of working with Maura for the past five years. Being now in my mid fifties Maura’s nutritional expertise has guided me through menopause, a breast cancer diagnosis and cardiovascular disease. Maura has been a wealth of information for me nutritionally, medically and spiritually. She has provided me tools and resources that have helped me lose weight, better my overall health and increase my self confidence. Maura is extremely passionate and knowledgeable when it comes to health and nutrition and that makes her the best at what she does.”
M. Greco
“Working with Maura enabled me to make tremendous, sustainable lifestyle adjustments in just 3 short months. By gaining a new perspective, I have moved on from my old habits and I am working towards a healthier and more rewarding way of life. Maura brought a wealth of knowledge and resources that fit my current situation to help me accomplish my goals of strong health and happiness. I am now confident that with mindful eating and patience, I will continue to achieve my nutrition goals over the long-term.”
Vincent D.
“As someone who runs a very busy lifestyle and bombarded by the ad-hoc “eat this not that” media, I was frustrated with the conflicting information I was receiving regarding health and diet which was overwhelming and not personalized. This is why I started working with Maura and so thankful to have found her. Working with Maura has given me the thorough and deep understanding of nutrition that I needed to lead a healthy busy life. Maura has helped me understand the complex world of nutrition. Instead of telling me what to eat, Maura explained the science behind food, sharing with me what different kinds of food will do to my body and explaining the science and chemistry behind it. Through working with her, I built my ability to make my own decisions when it comes to my health.”
Anonymous Client
“Together we focused on nutritional approaches to address my Rheumatoid Arthritis. Maura helped me gradually replace some potential triggers to my RA. I very much appreciated the approach of adding healthy alternatives rather than an approach of restriction. I learned more about prebiotic and probiotic foods and came away with a good sense of how to add in nutritional foods in a way that supports my wellbeing.”
Erin Wray
“Maura came to Salesforce to deliver a talk on intermittent fasting and wellness strategies to implement at home, while travelling and at work. I was really impressed by her knowledge of the subject and depth of research. She is also a very engaging presenter, and the audience were full of praise for the session afterwards. I believe what resonated with the audience the most was Maura’s ability to tie the subject matter to practical, sustainable steps that the working professionals could take to adopt healthier lifestyles.”
Senior Analyst @Salesforce
“I’m the Office Manager for a startup with 50 employees – 35 of which are sales guys in their mid-20’s. Many of them expressed interest in leading healthier lifestyles, but didn’t know how to get started or what that really meant. I invited Maura into our office and she gave a presentation that really got through to them! She talked about the importance of work/life balance, managing stress, healthy lifestyle habits, the breakdown of basic nutrition and why we love the foods we do. Her presentation was informative and thorough, while also being approachable for those wanting to learn ‘the basics’. Our employees still talk about what they learned that day, and are making more of an effort to lead healthier lifestyles. We hope to have Maura back a couple times a year!”
Office Manager, Observeit
"Maura was able to rekindle my knowledge of the basic 4 and the effects of nutrients on my body. We planned how to make healthy choices fit into my schedule. Sometimes it was fun and we would laugh about the simplicity of what I at first thought challenging. I have had a successful transformation- I’ve lost weight and make healthy food choices. I enjoy the energy I have recaptured, and take pleasure in positive comments from my friends and family.”
Martha D.
Maura is warm, friendly, compassionate, and her empathy shows that she deeply understands how individuals struggle with living a sustainable lifestyle, she knows her craft. There’s absolutely no pressure in her sessions, it’s like having a best friend coffee sesh. She not only provides structure + options + recipes + support, the sessions allowed me the space to challenge myself, the courage to step out of my comfort zone during events ranging from social + business + moving your body, plenty of things to add to my toolkit."
M.O.