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Ally Gallop, MS, IOC Dip, RD, CD, CSSD

Once I tore a major ligament in my knee, with a repeat tear 14 years later, that ended what was supposed to be a future in softball, I had to find some other way to remain involved in athletics. At first, it was diving into new, knee-friendly sports and activities. From triathlons (that time I signed up for a half-Ironman not realizing it would be a 6-hour endeavor...), to becoming a fitness instructor, to rowing, to boxing, it finally came together when I took the plunge from hospital and industry nutrition to sports nutrition.

Fast-forward from an injury to life as a registered dietitian, a few examples of how I help clients include:

  • Performance nutrition.

  • Symptom management (e.g., "I don't know what to eat while biking and feel like vomiting when I do").

  • Meal planning (e.g., day-to-day plans, tapering for an event, what to eat three days before a triathlon).

  • Food allergies and intolerances.

  • Weight maintenance, loss, and gain; body composition goals.

  • Management of medical conditions through diet (e.g., diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome).

Where Do I Work?

Director of Performance Nutrition, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

  • Oversee UW's NCAA Division 1 Olympic Sports with the assistance of registered dietitians, fellows, dietetic interns, and fueling station managers. My program ties together medical nutrition therapy, performance nutrition, sports science, and hands-on learning.

Where Have I Worked?

Major League Dietitian, Houston Astros Baseball Club, Houston, TX​: Was responsible for the 40-man roster. In my first season, I was the team's first full-time dietitian, traveling with the team wherever they went--including an appearance in the American League Championship Series (2020). In my second season, I advocated for a new dietitian position at Triple-A. That season, we made an appearance in the World Series (2021). I left before the third season began, but the Astros rolled out my vision of expanding nutriton services via new dietitian positions throughout the minor league, rehab, and development tiers.

Assistant Director of Sports Nutrition, University of Utah Athletics, Salt Lake City, UT

Oncology and Gastrointestinal Dietitian, Huntsman Cancer Institute (University of Utah Health), Salt Lake City, UT

Manager of Nutrition Communications, New England Dairy & Food Council, Boston, MA

Research and Teaching Assistant, Tufts University, Boston, MA

Dietitian (Diabetes, Heart Transplant, Gastrointestinal Surgery), St. Paul's Hospital (Providence Health Care), Vancouver, Canada

For more information, check out my LinkedIn page.

Professional Certifications

Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Certified Dietitian (CD), Washington State

Registered Dietitian (RD), Commission on Dietetic Registration

Registered Dietitian, British Columbia, Canada

Nutrition Education

Diploma in Sports Nutrition, International Olympic Committee, November 2018

Master of Science (MS) in Nutrition Communication & Behavior Change, Tufts University, Boston, MA, May 2016

Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition, Health; major in Dietetics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, November 2012

Clinical Nutrition 10-month Internship, St. Paul's Hospital (Providence Health Care), Vancouver, Canada, June 2012

Follow Me On Instagram: @gallopnutrition

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