Dietitians in CF 2016

Specialist dietitians

(Picture, from left to right: Kirstie Ballinger, Clare Pearson, Irantzu Arregui-Fresneda, Aoife Lynam)

Nutrition can play a major part in managing cystic fibrosis and directly influences lung function. We are here to provide evidence based dietary advice and support in the form of individual patient assessments and treatment plans.

We are based directly with the cystic fibrosis team so if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.


Clare Pearson

Clare is the dietetic team lead and has been with the adult cystic fibrosis service since 2002. She graduated from the University of Surrey in 1999 with a BSc (Hons) in nutrition and dietetics and in 2010 she completed her MPhil in cystic fibrosis and adherence with the University of Southampton.



Irantzu Arregui-Fresneda

Irantzu commenced her studies in Spain and qualified as a dietitian from The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen in 2003. She has worked in critical care, surgery and as a specialist hepato-pancreaticobiliary dietitian before joining the cystic fibrosis team in March 2016.



Aoife Lynam

Aoife qualified as a dietitian from the Robert Gordon University in 2007 and specialised in gastroenterology and general medicine before moving to cystic fibrosis in January 2015.



Kirstie Ballinger

Kirstie graduated as a dietitian from Plymouth University in 2014. She has rotated around all the different specialities in Southampton before deciding to specialise in cystic fibrosis in June 2016. Her post is split between the adult and child cystic fibrosis service.