Meet the Team


Dr Alan Desmond

Consultant Gastroentologist


Dr Alan Desmond is a Consultant Gastroenterologist. Certified in both Gastroenterology and General Internal Medicine, he completed his specialist training in Cork, Dublin and Oxford. He has years of experience in diagnosing and treating patients with digestive problems; including coeliac disease, diverticular disease, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

Originally from Blarney in County Cork, he now lives with his wife and children in Devon, in the South-West of England.

Dr Alan really enjoys cooking and eating a varied, whole food, plant-based diet. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London. He is also a founding advisory board member for Plant-Based Health Professionals UK, a Charitable Organisation that works to improve education and awareness of the benefits of a healthy plant-based diet. He frequently speaks on this topic at national and international medical conferences and public events.

You can find Dr Alan on Instagram @devongutdoctor and on-line at

David & Stephen Flynn 

Best-selling authors and founders of The Happy Pear

David and Stephen Flynn are renowned wholefood and plant-based chefs, award-winning and international bestselling authors, YouTube stars, regular international, inspirational speakers and media contributors, and they have an impressive combined online and social media reach of around a million.

They started their business The Happy Pear in 2004 to create a happier, healthier world and build community. Today they have approximately three cafes, two shops, a farm, 30 products in 1000 stores in Ireland, and  products in Waitrose & Partners stores across the UK.

The Happy Pear business now employs over 120 people and it has grown into one of the most vibrant and renowned award-winning businesses on the Irish food scene.

Rosie Martin

NHS Registered Dietitian

Rosie is a registered dietitian (RD) with a special interest in disease prevention and plant-based nutrition. She currently works for the NHS, where she supports a wide range of patients, with her daily work ranging from coeliac disease to cancer.

Originally trained as a zoologist, and working in animal behaviour in the UK and Australia, Rosie got her first taste of studying nutrition whilst analysing the diets of reptile house residents! Following her move back to the UK, she decided to pursue her fascination in the science of human health and nutrition.

Rosie loves all animals, is happiest surrounded by nature, and experiments with plant-based, gluten-free cooking on many a willing recipient!

Together we bring you online courses that can improve your health and wellbeing.

  • Learn how to cook delicious and easy to follow plant-based recipes
  • Discover how to optimise and improve your digestion
  • Reduce bloating, and abdominal discomfort, and boost your health 

Weekly live Q&A sessions to ensure that you feel supported during your course.

"These lovely boys always create incredibly tasty food."

Jamie Oliver

Delicious plant-based recipes 


Authors of three best-selling cookbooks, David and Stephen Flynn have created exclusive recipes that are easy to make and fuss-free

"We have made it as simple as possible to eat well on our courses. With clear meal plans and handy shopping lists, this course is suitable for everyone, whether you want to batch cook once a week, three times a week, or everyday."

David and Stephen Flynn

Improved Digestion

Our Happy Gut course will teach you all about your digestion and microbiome, and how to improve your gut health, so that you can eat your way to healthier, happier you

Over 50 delicious recipes

Our Happy Heart course is packed with over 50 delicious plant-based recipes that can help to improve your health and boost your energy levels

The Happy Pear as featured on

Join our online community today!


Contact us:

[email protected]

Monday - Friday: 9am-5pm
+353 (0) 1 287 3655


50% Complete

Two Step

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.