Food and Nutrition Leadership and Staff
NewYork-Presbyterian (all campuses)
Louise Merriman completed a BS in Human Nutrition at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Dietetic Internship and Nutrition Fellowship in Endocrinology at St. Mary's Hospital and The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN and MS in Clinical Nutrition at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Louise currently serves as Director of Clinical Nutrition at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Prior to this, she held clinical and administrative positions at Geisinger Medical Center, University of Michigan Hospitals and with Hospital Dietary Services, Inc. A passionate advocate for the profession of dietetics and care of patients, Louise has worked on interdisciplinary programs for early identification, documentation and treatment of malnourished patients since the 1980's. In 2006, her clinical nutrition team at NewYork-Presbyterian was awarded the American Dietetic Association's Clinical Nutrition Practice Team Award for Malnutrition Identification and Documentation. From 2009-2011, she served on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic's Malnutrition Workgroup and subsequently served as a member of the Academy's Adult Malnutrition Education and Outreach Workgroup. In 2014, Louise was one of four recipients conferred the Abbott Nutrition Alliance Award for significant contribution to improve awareness of malnutrition as well as action to address the issue. Last year Louise was invited to participate on the NYSAND Task force to address the CMS ruling on RD order writing.
Coleen Liscano is the Administrator of the Dietetic Internship Program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital where she is responsible for overseeing the Dietetic Internship and Nutrition Fellowship Programs. Her role also includes managing the Professional Staff Competency Assessment and In-service Training Program at NYP/Weill Cornell. Coleen is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and has held leadership roles in the district, state, and national levels. She is currently a CDR Commissioner with AND. Coleen received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and her Master of Science in Kinesiology - Sports Nutrition from Loma Linda University and California Polytechnic University, Pomona respectively.
Kristen Mathieson is a Senior Dietitian at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in the area of Finance and Operations. She completed the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at UCONN in 2011 and then went on to receive a Masters in Business Administration from Montclair State University in 2013. In her free time, Kristen enjoys yoga, hiking, and traveling.
Gena Seraita has been working at New York Presbyterian since January 2013 and primarily covers the units 2 River West (Surgery) and 1 River West/3 River West (Maternity) and the Neonatal ICU at the Allen Hospital. Gena received her Bachelor's Degree in Dietetics from the University of Delaware where she also completed her Dietetic Internship. She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. Her interests outside Clinical Nutrition include cooking and recipe development, fitness, social media, and public health.
Staff at NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital
Curtis Fulton started out working in the IT field receiving a MS in Computer Science and worked as a consultant. After working in IT, he decided to go back to school, receiving a BS in Culinary Nutrition from Johnson and Wales University. Curtis completed his dietetic internship here at New York Presbyterian and worked as a Culinary Nutrition Fellow. Currently, he works as a staff relief dietitian at the Allen.
Robert Grischuk worked as Food Service Director in long-term care facilities prior to returning to school to study nutrition and dietetics. He Graduated from University of New Haven (UNH) with BS in Nutrition and Dietetics, graduated from NYP Dietetic Internship Program in 2009 and is scheduled for summer 2015 graduation from UNH with MS in Human Nutrition. Specialty certifications in Nutrition Support and Renal Nutrition, with plans to sit for Advanced Practice RD credential examination. Interests: traveling, cooking, renal disease pathophysiology.
Rafaela Lopez is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist, and has been working in clinical practice for over 20 years at New York Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital. Rafaela completed dual Master/Bachelor of Sciences and Dietetic Practice at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Currently she is responsible for the nutritional care of Geriatric Medicine Patients.
Matthew Swader is originally from Minnesota. He received a BS in Nutrition from Hunter College and completed his dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Since then, Matt has been working at Allen hospital and covers the Behavioral health and the Medicine unit.
Kathleen Szymona has been working in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics for the last decade and a half. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from James Madison University, and her Dietetic Internship program and Master's in Public Health from Rutgers University (formerly known as University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey). Her career so far includes opportunities in inpatient and outpatient clinical nutrition, bariatric nutrition, and clinical nutrition management. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and serves on the state level as a Nominating officer of the NJ Dietetics Association, having previously served as a Region co-chair to plan educational activities. Katie is a member of the Greater New Jersey Society of Healthcare Food Service Administrators and is ServSafe certified. Lastly, Katie is the co-author of a manuscript entitled "An Instrument to Assess Health-Related Advertising on College Campuses," which she presented as part of the poster session at FNCE 2010.
NewYork-Presbyterian/Community Health (Columbia)
Nancy Addison is a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition. In her current position as a Clinical Nutritionist at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Nancy provides outpatient nutrition counseling in the areas of weight management, diabetes, gerontology, pre-natal care, pediatric nutrition, hypercholesterolemia, and more. Nancy graduated from Hunter College with a bachelors degree in Nutrition and Food Science and a masters degree in Public Health.
Jessica DeShazo is a Senior Clinical Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian as well as a Certified Diabetes Educator that has spent the past three years working for the Ambulatory Care Network at Columbia. Jessica graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor degree in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise. Upon completion of her dietetic internship in Baton Rouge Louisiana, she began working as a clinical dietitian in Washington D.C. and received her Masters of Science in Nutrition with a focus in Community Nutrition from Louisiana Tech University. Jessica provides medical nutrition therapy in a general practice for both adults and children covering a multitude of medical diagnoses and health related issues. These include but are not limited to, weight management, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obstetrics, food allergies and intolerances, renal disease, GI disorders and oncology. She works to incorporate balance and moderation into her nutrition therapy to help the patient succeed. In her spare time Jessica is an avid cyclist and also loves international travel.
Jennifer Fishman is a Clinical Nutritionist. She joined NewYork-Presbyterian in 2013 and specializes in pediatric medicine and critical care. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University and a Master of Science in clinical nutrition from Hunter College.
Deborah Gerszberg received her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from The Pennsylvania State University in 2007. After completing her dietetic internship at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in 2008, Deb spent a year working at Valley Hospital before joining the New York Presbyterian team of inpatient dietitians. Since 2012, Deb has been working as a digestive disease outpatient dietitian at the Columbia campus. Her interests include pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, motility disorders, bacterial overgrowth, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Deb is an active blogger for Columbia Surgery and co-authored a review article on nutrition management for pancreatic surgery in Hepatobiliary Surgery and Nutrition in 2015.
Marissa Licata is the Ambulatory Nutrition Manager at the Columbia Medical Center campus leading nutrition programs for the Ambulatory Care Network. Marissa's principal areas of focus are on Medical Nutrition Therapy in the ambulatory setting, Medical Nutrition Therapy billing and providing culturally appropriate patient education. She has previously held leadership positions at UC Davis Health System and ARAMARK in both Clinical Nutrition Management and Foodservice Operations. She also holds a Master's of Science Degree in Management with a Health Care Administration Concentration.
Emily Moore is a registered dietitian and a certified diabetes educator. For the last 6 years she has been a Clinical Nutritionist in the Outpatient Oncology Service at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Currently, she primarily focuses on patients who are actively receiving radiation in the Department of Radiation Oncology. Her role includes helping patients and their caregivers cope with the possible side effects of treatment and teaching them how to best alleviate nutrition related symptoms. She aims to make patients' quality of life better by discussing what meals to prepare, how to simplify the meal preparation, and food safety. Her ability to speak English and Spanish is a great asset at this institution, which serves a large Spanish-speaking population.
Lisa Ronco began her journey into the world of nutrition after 10 years in the garment industry. Knowing she wanted to help people, she volunteered for many years with those living with HIV and found her calling to work with this population. After completing graduate school at New York University, Lisa became a registered dietitian and strengthened her clinical skills in nutrition and nutrition support two NYC hospitals. For the past 10 years, Lisa has had the privilege of working with HIV population. Lisa believes in a Holistic approach to well-being and looks at the person as a whole leading her to study Ayurveda Nutrition and obtain a certification from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) as a Holistic Health Counselor (CHHC). Her practice philosophy combines the varying worlds of wellness by integrating traditional Western philosophies with the more modern eastern philosophies on nutrition and wellbeing. Using each of these tools and her exercise background, Lisa assists her patient to achieve optimal health and wellness.
Elizabeth Roth graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania. She obtained her MS in Clinical Nutrition from New York University, and completed her Dietetic Internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Elizabeth worked as the Chief Clinical Dietitian at Amsterdam Nursing Home before starting her position in the Columbia Ambulatory Care Network. In her Ambulatory role, Elizabeth provides outpatient counseling for adult, pediatric and OB populations. In her free time, Elizabeth loves to cook, spend time outdoors and be with her toddler and family at home!
Allison Salvitti-Nelson is completing her Master's Degree in Public Health Nutrition from Hunter College in the spring of 2015. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Sciences from The Pennsylvania State University and completed her Dietetic Internship with Aramark in Philadelphia. Allison has been a Registered Dietitian with NYP for four and half years. She has transitioned from a position with adults at the Milstein Hospital to pediatrics at CHONY. One and half years ago she transitioned to an outpatient position at the Audubon Practice where she works closely with pediatric and prenatal patients. She has a passion for pediatric nutrition, in particular weight management. She also enjoys helping moms-to-be in choosing foods for a healthy pregnancy.
Lauren Serkes is a Clinical Nutritionist in the Ambulatory Care Network. She works with prenatal, pediatric and adult patients. Lauren has a B.S. in Dietetics from University of Maryland-College Park and completed her Dietetic Internship at the Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center and M.S. in Clinical Nutrition from New York University in 2009. Lauren obtained a board certification in gerontological nutrition while working in long-term care, but is currently very interested in maternal and infant nutrition. In her free time, Lauren enjoys running, biking, reading and enjoying NYC's vast restaurant scene.
Lynn Tomilowicz has been working in the field as a registered dietitian for over 17 years. She has been employed in a variety of settings, including community, outpatient clinical, long-term care, acute rehab, sub-acute rehab, fitness, and wellness. Ms. Tomilowicz has participated in a variety of media opportunities, including an interview with Channel 7's Dr. Jay Adlersberg, "Which is better, butter or margarine?" She upholds the professional philosophy that nutrition care is at the heart of good health for all populations.
NewYork-Presbyterian/Community Health (Weill Cornell)
Debra Katz-Feigenbaum manages all aspects of ambulatory care nutrition for the NY Presbyterian Ambulatory Care Network at Weill Cornell. She successfully builds high performance people teams and motivates to integrate the clinical, administrative and business perspectives for the good of each patient. Debra received a BS (Hons) in Physiology and Medical Biochemistry from the University of Cape Town. She did research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine before entering the field of clinical nutrition. As a Registered Dietitian, with a MPH from Columbia University, she has extensive healthcare leadership experience successfully working with Registered Dietitians and other providers at all levels of integrated networks. Before coming to NYP, Debra was able to streamline processes, enhance efficiencies, increase patient satisfaction and improve clinical outcomes at Montefiore Medical Center, as the Director of Clinical Nutrition; Beth Abraham Family of Health Services, as the Director of Food and Nutrition Services and at AMC Health as the VP of Account Management. Debra uses a 'win-win' approach to develop and foster relationships with other providers in order to promote clinical nutrition as a key and pivotal part of all inter-professional disciplinary care processes. She was the recipient of NY Presbyterian Ambulatory Care Network Leadership Award at Weill Cornell in 2013.
Meredith Liss is a senior level dietitian for the Center for Special Studies, the adult HIV/AIDS program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. She is an integral part of a dynamic healthcare team comprised of physicians, nurses, social workers, psychiatrists, dentists and spiritual counselors. Specializing in the nutrition treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS, Meredith has had the opportunity to be challenged with a wide range of nutrition-related concerns. Energized by working with strong individuals living well with a chronic disease, and responding to the rising rates of Type 2 Diabetes in the HIV/AIDS population, Meredith became a certified diabetes educator. Meredith received a Bachelor's degree in nutrition from Penn State University and completed her dietetic internship at The New York Hospital. Recognizing the vital relationship between nutrition and exercise, she received a Master's Degree in Applied Physiology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Meredith has participated in various nutrition-related research projects and has presented original research at several international conferences. She has published articles in scientific journals, newsletters and various health-related websites.
Alissa Lupu is a registered dietitian specifically devoted to adult medical nutrition therapy for the Center for Advanced Digestive Care. Her expertise in digestive diseases and liver transplantation is supported by the fact that she is a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC). After graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences, she attained her registered dietitian license through the NewYork-Presbyterian Dietetic Internship Program.
Martha McKittrick is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator based at the NYP Outpatient Nutrition Practice at Weill Cornell. She also offers sessions for the Cardiac Health Center of New York Presbyterian at Weill Cornell. After working as a NYP inpatient Dietitian for many years, Martha brings energy, extensive experience and passion for education to enhance patient access to nutrition along the continuum of care. In addition to her expertise in medical nutrition therapy for diabetes, weight management, heart health, IBS, women's health, sports nutrition and preventative nutrition. Martha graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and completed her internship through the New York Hospital Dietetic Internship program. Martha is nationally recognized for her consultant, writing and speaking engagements. In her spare time Martha is an avid cyclist.
Mary Montgomery is a Registered Dietitian for the NYP Pediatric Neurology Epilepsy, General Pediatric and Health for Life practices. Mary has extensive training and experience managing medical nutrition therapy for Adult and Pediatric Epilepsy Dietary Treatment Programs. She is the co-author of The Ketogenic Diet-Induced Weight Gain with Decreased Energy Consumption (ICAN February 2013) and Enteral and Parenteral Applications of Ketogenic Diet Therapy (ICAN October 2011). At NYP Mary provides medical nutrition therapy and counseling to patients in the General Pediatric Health Practice to children who may be failing to thrive, have abnormal weight gain or are eating disordered. She works with overweight and obese children in the interdisciplinary Health For Life Program working closely with the team in both group and individual settings. In addition to her work in Pediatrics, Mary is collaborating with physicians in the Weill Cornell Memory Disorders Program to help patients incorporate a healthy diet and focus on nutrition. Mary completed her Bachelor's degree in nutrition at The University of Alabama and then went on to complete a Master's in Public Health Nutrition at The University of Tennessee. Mary's primary goal is to work closely with families to develop effective dietary therapies customized to the needs of each patient.
Shayne Robinson is the Oncology Dietitian in the infusion center and radiation oncology practices of New York Presbyterian's Ambulatory Care Network. Shayne Robinson is a registered dietitian, board certified in oncology nutrition, whom has dedicated her career to educating both the public and health professionals on nutrition through a variety of approaches. She received her bachelors' degree from the University of Maryland at College Park and completed her internship through the New York Institute of Technology. Shayne has worked as an oncology dietitian for 15 years at The Beth Israel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Saint Vincent's Comprehensive Cancer Center and Albany Medical Center. Shayne has been active in the community of dietitians; serving on the board of the Greater New York Dietetic Association, and as a state representative for the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. Shayne has presented multiple lectures to health care professionals and patients on numerous subjects relating to cancer. She has served on the advisory board for a pharmaceutical company, the Standard of Practice Committee for the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group and has published articles on macrobiotic diets in the treatment of cancer, glutamine supplements in cancer treatment symptoms, head and neck cancer and living with and eating to fight cancer. In addition to her work at New York Presbyterian, Shayne will continue providing supervision on a clinical trial involving prostate cancer patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Shayne is a yogi and completed yoga teacher training in 2005; she enjoys skiing, cooking, running and gardening.
Georgia Savva is a registered dietitian with the Center for Advanced Digestive Care, dedicated to pediatric GI patients. Georgia received her Bachelor of Science in psychology at George Washington University before combining her passion for people and interest in food to earn a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics at New York University. After completing the NewYork-Presbyterian Dietetic Internship and Fellowship in Pediatric Nutrition at NYP's Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, she stayed on there, building clinical expertise for multiple years before joining the Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health at NYP/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Jaimie Uva started her nutrition career part time at New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center. As a Registered Dietitian she collaborated with health care professionals to assess and counsel hospitalized patients with a variety of medical needs. At the same time she was working at the Rockefeller University Hospital in nutrition research studies in addition to helping to monitor patient satisfaction and quality assurance. For the past 11 years, Jaimie has been working at the Chelsea outpatient practice for the New York Presbyterian Hospital Center for Special Studies. Jaimie collaborates in a multi-disciplinary team to assess and nutritionally counsel patients living with HIV and AIDS. Jaimie is a member of the Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Practice and Food and Culinary Professionals Practice Groups of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has worked in collaboration with both personal trainers and chefs to promote meal planning for active lifestyles and gluten free diets. Jaimie's nutrition, exercise and food savvy charm motivate her patients with each interaction. She sets an example by the way she lives her own life. Active by nature and compelled by results she makes healthy eating and exercise a priority.
Holly Warfel is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator for the Weill Cornell Internal Medicine Associates (WCIMA), Irving Sherwood Wright Center on Aging and Ambulatory Care Network Adult Endocrine practice where she provides nutrition counseling and education to help patients meet their nutritional and health goals. Holly completed her Bachelor's degree in nutrition at the University of Connecticut and Master's in Clinical Nutrition at Boston University. During her Dietetic Internship she completed rotations at Boston Medical Center and the Joslin Diabetes Center, Beth Israel Deaconness Hospital before she joined the Cambridge Eating Disorders Center and served as the lead Dietitian. After moving to New York, Holly worked at the White Plains Hospital Diabetes Education and Treatment Center and as a consultant in private practice for patients with eating disorders. Holly provides nutrition counseling in both individual and group sessions to help address nutrition issues associated with weight management, diabetes, eating disorders and healthy lifestyle eating habits. She is a key member of the inter-professional patient centered medical home and diabetes support teams.
Alexandra Weinstein is a Registered Dietitian specifically devoted to medical nutrition therapy in the Center for Advanced Digestive Care. After graduating from New York University Alex went on to complete her Dietetic Internship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Prior to joining NYP, Alex provided medical nutrition therapy for Liver and Kidney Transplant, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Hepatobiliary Medicine and General Surgery patients at NYU Medical Center. Alex provides medical nutrition therapy in both individual visits and group counseling sessions to help address nutritional issues associated with acute and chronic gastrointestinal diseases, side effects of cancer treatments and weight management, wound healing, digestive challenges and anatomical changes associated with surgery. Alex utilizes a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach working closely with GI medical and surgical physicians, social workers and case management. Alex is an advocate and proponent of nutrition intervention for IBS and Celiac Disease patients.
Melissa Yoffee is a Registered Dietitian in the Ambulatory Care Network Women's Health Practice. Melissa's expertise in the continuum of prenatal to antepartum care is supported by the fact that she is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Melissa completed a coordinated program in Dietetics from Buffalo State College where she graduated with a BS in Dietetics and a completed internship. Melissa had experience in corporate nutrition, WIC and pediatric nutrition before joining NYP. Melissa provides medical nutrition therapy to pregnant women to help address nutritional concerns specific to pregnancy, adequate weight gain, and nutrition related pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes. Melissa is passionate about the need to promote breast feeding and is recognized as the expert in breast feeding in both ACN Pediatric and Women's Health practices where Melissa provides medical nutrition therapy to infants who are experiencing difficulties with breastfeeding.
Staff at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
Melissa Fraser graduated from University of Delaware and completed her Dietetic Internship at NewYork Presbyterian Hosptial. Melissa currently working as staff relief RD in Oncology.
Soon Y. Juhng is a Registered Dietitian, and Certified Dietetiion - Nutritionist of New York State. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Ewha University in Seoul, Korea and a Master of Science in Nutrition from Hunter College in New York in 1978. Prior to joining NYP/Columbia in 1990 as a Clinical Nutrition Coordinator, she was a Chief Clinical Dietitian for three and half years at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital in New York City. As a Clinical Nutrition Manager at NYP/CU, Soon is mainly responsible for Quality and Staff orientation/training for Columbia and the Transplant Nutrition service.
Lauren Kelly works has a staff relief dietitian for the Cardiac cluster, meaning that she covers different units on a daily basis, mainly seeing patients admitted for cardiac reasons. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology from Loyola University of Maryland, went on to earn her Master of Science in Nutrition from Hunter College and completed her dietetic internship through North Shore-LIJ in June 2013. Lauren loves to practice yoga as well as try different fitness classes. She also enjoys experimenting in the kitchen by trying to mix and match different ingredients to create new, nutritious dishes.
Anita King received her BS from University of Rhode Island with a major in Food and Nutritional Science. She completed her dietetic internship at Harper-Grace Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Anita started working as a Registered Dietitian at NYP in 1979 and completed her MS in Nutrition Education in 1984 at Teachers College, Columbia University. Anita is a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician and currently works in Cardiac Thoracic ICU, LVAD and Vascular services.
Brenda Klein has provided nutrition care to several patient populations over the course of 25 years with the Nutrition Department at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital but most recently has covered the Transplant program. She received my BS in Nutritional Biochemistry from Cornell University, and then completed her Dietetic Internship program at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston. Brenda enjoys providing patient education which has been enhanced by becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator.
Danielle Klein attended Penn State University for her undergraduate education, where she received a BS in nutritional sciences. She completed her dietetic internship in 2009 at LIU-CW Post. In November of 2010, Danielle started working at Columbia University Medical Center and became a Senior Clinical Nutritionist in 2014. She covered several different unit assignments since 2010, such as cardiac, medicine, and behavioral health. Her current role is staff relief RD for medicine patients and the outpatient HD center when the Unit RD is on vacation. She is pursuing a Master's in Public Health at Hunter College with plans to graduate in December of 2016.
Mollie Kurshan currently covers the behavioral health and infectious disease units. Mollie received her undergraduate degree from New York University and completed her dietetic internship through NewYork-Presbyterian Hospitals.
Carolyn Leonard holds a BA in Business Management from Assumption College as well as a BS in Nutrition from Long Island University. She completed her dietetic internship and oncology/nutrition support fellowship NewYork-Presbyterian. Carolyn has since joined the NYP staff as a dietitian covering medicine units.
Brittany Lucchetto has been a Registered Dietitan with New York Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center since 2011. She is currently the primary Dietitan for several adult transplant programs. These programs include the Intestinal, Multivisceral Transplant and Ex Vivo Program , Living Liver Donor Program and the Heart Transplant program.
Melissa Matulay attended the University of Delaware for both her undergraduate education as well as her dietetic internship. She became a board certified specialist in oncology nutrition in March of 2014, and is currently working on her masters in clinical nutrition. Melissa started working at Columbia University Medical Center in November of 2012, and specializes in bone marrow transplant and medical oncology.
Patricia Nicholas is a Clinical Nutrition Manager at Columbia University Medical Center with past experience in consultation for long term care facilities, ambulatory counseling, private practice, freelance writing and management for a food service company. She holds a MS in Nutrition from Tufts University, a Certificate in Strategic Healthcare Management Rutgers University, a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics Pratt Institute and completed her Dietetic Internship at Frances Stern Nutrition Center-Tufts University Medical Center. Patricia also was a past president and former Public Policy Committee Chair for the New Jersey Dietetic Association.
Mary O'Hara has been a Registered Dietitian for over 10 years. She holds a Master's degree in Nutrition, and is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). Mary serves the solid organ transplant population as a Senior Clinical Nutritionist at NYP. She enjoys encouraging patients to optimize wellness, while aiding their navigation of pre- and post- transplant dietary needs, and as applies, diabetes, kidney dysfunction and/or weight loss or weight gain.
Barbara Rothstein has worked as a Clinical Nutritionist @ Columbia University Medical Center since 1985. She holds a BS in Zoology from Colorado State University and a MS in Nutrition and Dietetics from New York University. She completed the Coordinated Internship Master's Degree program in Nutrition at the Bronx Veteran's Administration Medical Center & New York University in 1985. She has maintained board certification as a Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC) since 1991. Professional focus has been in Critical Care, Enteral Nutrition, working in Surgical ICU/Surgery and as a preceptor for Nutrition Support. She is a long standing board member of the local ASPEN chapter (NY/LISPEN) and functions as the Dietitian at Large.
Sabrina Toledano graduated from Syracuse University in 2009 and completed her dietetic internship through NewYork-Presbyterian in 2010. Sabrina has worked at Columbia NewYork-Presbyterian since 2010 and specializes in surgical oncology. She is a board certified specialist in oncology nutrition and currently in graduate school working towards a masters degree in clinical nutrition. Sabrina won RD of the year in 2014.
Monika Valcarcel received Masters Degree in Food Technology from Academy of Life Sciences in Poland and completed DPD Program at Hunter College. After graduating, she completed Dietetic Internship and Adult Nutrition Support Nutrition Fellowship at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital. Currently she is working on Master's Degree in Nutrition at Brooklyn College and is a neurology and rehab dietitian at NYP/CU.
Isabelle Chu graduated from New York University with a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Isabelle completed her dietetic internship and nutrition fellowship at NewYork -Presbyterian Hospital before becoming a Clinical Dietitian at its Lower Manhattan location. In her free time, Isabelle enjoys going to concerts and discovering new restaurants with delicious food.
Vivien Hui received her undergraduate education at North Dakota State University in Food and Nutrition, Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Vivien has great compassion and enthusiasm in Diabetes Education. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator as well as a Certified Professional Coder. Vivien enjoys spending her free time travelling, cooking and playing piano.
Wing Li obtained her Bachelor degree in Nutrition and Food Science at Hunter College in 2011. In 2012, Wing finished her dietetic internship at Hunter College and passed her Registered Dietitian Exam in the same year. Wing has been working as a Clinical Dietitian at New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital since 2013. During her free time, Wing likes to explore food from different cultures. She also enjoys travelling and painting.
Shira Nanus received her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Science degree in nutrition and dietetics from New York University. She completed her dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in 2015. She covers a Medical/Surgery unit at NYP/LMH and has special interests in pediatric nutrition, obstetrics, diabetes and gastrointestestinal diseases.
Louisa Rasmussen has been a Registered Dietitian for almost 4 years. She earned her bachelor's degree from Clemson University in South Carolina, with a major in Food Science, a concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics, and 2 minors in biology and chemistry. After graduating, she completed her Dietetic Internship at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ. Louisa is a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician and enjoys the intricacies of enteral and parenteral nutrition. Prior to working at NYP, she worked at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and Holy Name Medical Center, both in NJ. Louisa looks forward to learning from her peers and growing her career at NYP.
Catherine Zymaris is the most recent addition to the clinical nutrition team at New York Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital. She received her Master's of Science in Nutritional Science from Syracuse University and attended the Rutgers University SHRP Dietetic Internship Program. In her spare time, she likes to hike and write for food blogs.
NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
Melissa Barnet is a Senior Dietitian at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. She joined NewYork-Presbyterian in 2011 and specializes in pediatric medicine and critical care. Melissa earned her bachelor of science degree in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise from Virginia Tech and a master of science in clinical nutrition from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Erika Breitfeller is a pediatric nutrition support specialist at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York Presbyterian. Erika works with the gastroenterology department caring for both inpatient and outpatients with an array of nutritional needs. She also specializes in pediatric bariatric nutrition. Erika completed her Bachelor's degree in dietetics from University of Delaware and is currently enrolled in a Master's program in Clinical Nutrition at Rutgers University.
Susan Fulton is the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. She has been a registered dietitian for 36 years. Before joining NYP Susan gained experience in a variety of different health care settings. These have included acute care, long term care, community organizations and ambulatory care networks. She has practiced as a specialist in renal nutrition, diabetes, genetics and pediatrics. She was a Diabetes Educator for Herman Hospital / University of Texas School of Medicine Ambulatory Care System as well as a CDE for South Nassau Diabetes and Education Center in Oceanside, New York. Susan has held the position of Food and Nutrition Director and Support Services Director for SSM Health Care Systems. She was the Director for Health Promotions / Weight Management Center, a joint venture between Norman Regional Hospital and Ross Laboratories, and was selected as the Outstanding Director nationwide in 1991. She served as former president and board member of the Oklahoma City Dietetics Association. Susan received a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition from the University of Oklahoma and completed her Dietetic Internship at IUPUI - Indiana University, Purdue University at Indianapolis.
Christine Haro is a nutrition support specialist at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York Presbyterian. She joined the team at MSCHONY in 2013 and currently specializes in cardiac and gastroenterology nutrition. Christine completed her Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and her combined dietetic internship and Master's degree in Allied Health at Barnes College of Nursing at Washington University of St. Louis.
Rachel Hochstadt has been working in pediatrics for over two years. Rachel completed her undergraduate studying Nutrition at Penn State University; and worked in the NICU/PICU at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Weschester Medical Center prior coming to NYP.
Natalie Khoo is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Nutrition Support Clinician who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She moved on to complete her Dietetic Internship at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. She currently specializes in Pediatric Clinical Nutrition and has experience in areas such as gastroenterology, ketogenic diet and intestinal rehabilitation.
Ilona Martin earned a BA in Psychology at Kenyon College and MA in Counseling at NYU. She began her career as a counselor in the New York City public school system. She then returned to school for an MS in Nutrition at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, completed her Dietetic Internship here at NewYork-Presbyterian, and returned to working with kids, this time as a pediatric dietitian.
Andrea Rothschild currently works with both inpatient and outpatient patients on hemodialysis. Andrea is completing her Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition at Rutgers University. She received her undergraduate education at the University of Maryland and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. In her free time she enjoys traveling, running and yoga.
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Brenda Abdulahad completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Nutrition Sciences from Brooklyn College, where she also serves as the Biochemistry tutor for undergraduate students. Brenda matched at the NewYork-Presbyterian Dietetic Internship, in which she graduated from in August 2014, and then continued her educational experience at NYP/Weill Cornell as the Adult/Pediatric Oncology Nutrition Fellow. She currently serves as the Oncology Dietitian at Weill Cornell with her main interest in patients undergoing bone marrow transplants. Brenda enjoys exercising, and warm weather, but most importantly, avocados! Brenda says, "there is nothing more rewarding when you realize how far you have traveled, and how passionate you have become to make a difference in someone's life each day."
Abigail Arday attended the Rochester Institute of Technology where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition Management. She then completed a 50-week Dietetic Internship Program focused in Clinical Nutrition at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital followed by a 6 month Nutrition Fellowship Program specializing in Ambulatory Oncology. Outside of her career, Abby enjoys trying new foods, drawing, running, and spending time with family and friends.
Andrew Arra graduated with honors from THE Ohio State University in 2010 and shortly thereafter began his dietetic internship at Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio where he was hired on as a Clinical Dietitian before his internship was completed. Andrew worked as a part of the clinical team for 4 years before moving to New Jersey to take advantage of the opportunity to work for New York Presbyterian. Andrew enjoys cooking, public speaking, and remaining active in a variety of ways to complement his passion for nutrition.
Ryan Burslem graduated from the University of Rochester with degrees in Economics and Mathematics before returning to Rutgers University to complete a DPD program in Dietetics. From there, he completed his dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and afterwards completed a fellowship in Adult Nutrition Support at Columbia University Medical Center. Ryan is Board Certified in Nutrition Support.
Jenefer Cervantes has been a practicing Registered Dietitian since 2004. She started her career in Clinical Nutrition, specializing in enteral and parenteral nutrition regimens for critically ill patient populations and obtained her specialty certification as a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC) which she maintains. Jenna expanded her leadership role here at NYP/Weill Cornell Medical Center through involvement with hospital wide initiatives, operational improvements, and as a mentor for the Clinical Nutrition team. She now serves as the Supervisor of Clinical Nutrition.
Rachel Chambers received her Bachelor of Science from Duke University and her Masters in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. She completed her dietetic internship and was selected as a Nutrition Fellow specializing in Oncology and Nutrition Support at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Rachel has now joined the faculty as a staff relief dietitian at the Weill Cornell campus.
Rachel Close obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Syracuse University and her Master of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Upon completion of her graduate degree, she moved back East to finish her clinically focused dietetic internship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA where she proceeded to work initially specializing in inpatient nutrition support oncology care and ultimately transitioning to inpatient critical care. Currently, she works at NYP/Weill Cornell within the surgical and neuro-surgical intensive care units.
Tanya Freirich completed her dietetic internship and outpatient oncology fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell. She then joined the staff as a full time Clinical Dietitian. She received her Undergraduate and Master's degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. Tanya is an avid non-fiction reader, ClassPass devotee and lover of green juice.
Georgia Giannopoulos studied nutrition at Cornell University and then completed the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Dietetic Internship Program. Subsequently, she joined the team at NYP/Cornell as a Clinical Dietitian. Georgia is currently a Senior Dietitian and provides patient-centered care on Greenberg 14. In 2013, she was named Registered Dietitian of the Year.
Rissa Landman earned her BS-MS Degree in Nutrition and Food Science at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College and spent her summers getting her hands dirty while working as an intern on small, organic farms. She then completed the Dietetic Internship program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and joined the staff in 2015. When she is not working, Rissa enjoys gardening, cooking, and exploring New York City's greenmarkets.
Lauren Manganiello received her BS from SUNY Binghamton and her MS in nutrition from The Ohio State University. She completed her Dietetic Internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital followed by a clinical fellowship in Oncology nutrition.
Misa Lee received a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology from U.C. Berkeley and a M.S. in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. She completed her dietetic internship at New York University in 2011 and started working as a registered dietitian at NYP in 2012. She also earned her CNSC in 2013.
Lauren Olofsson covers Pediatric and Obstetric services at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She joined our team in July 2013 and is now a Senior Dietitian assisting in many of our pediatric initiatives including development of our malnutrition criteria and our Annual Advocates for Pediatric Nutrition Symposium. Lauren received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health in Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, completed her dietetic internship here at NewYork- Presbyterian Hospital, and her Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition at New York University. Lauren is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, certified Pilates instructor, and performs with a NYC based contemporary ballet company.
Laura Rolfe recently joined the Clinical Nutrition team as a Staff Relief dietitian after finishing her Dietetic Internship at NYP. Laura completed her undergraduate work at Franklin and Marshall College and received a Masters Degree in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics from New York University. Laura enjoys horseback riding, SoulCycle, cooking for her friends and family, and cheering for the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies.
Jenna Rosenfeld is Registered Dietitian with a Masters degree in Nutrition Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her passion for cooking and nutrition led her towards a career change after receiving her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Emily Russo graduated with a B.A. in English and Secondary School Teaching Certificate from Connecticut College. She worked in Hunter College's Admissions Office before returning to school there for a B.S. in Nutrition and Food Science. Emily completed her Dietetic Internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in 2011, Fellowship (renal/GI) in 2012, and started as staff member at NYP that Spring. She became Senior Dietitian in March 2014, the same year she earned her CSR.
Stephanie Shea is Supervisor Clinical Nutrition for the Burn Nutrition Support Service. She received her B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Rutgers University and then went on to complete her Dietetic Internship through the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2006. Stephanie is board certified in nutrition support and, when not calculating tube feeding regimens, enjoys jogging, rock climbing, and listening to music.
Susanna Slukhinsky, RD received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Brooklyn College and culinary degree at the French Culinary Institute in New York City. With a lifelong interest in food, nutrition, and wellness, Susanna became a Registered Dietitian following her experience as a professional chef in top New York City restaurants and dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. She serves as a clinical dietitian in the cardiac and rehabilitation unit at Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Rachel Stahl completed her dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP), and following the internship, a Nutrition Fellowship in Digestive Diseases and Culinary Nutrition also at NYP. She earned her B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, with a concentration in Health Economics, from Colgate University, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She is currently a Master of Science candidate at New York University for Clinical Nutrition. She is the 2015 Jack Bellick Award Recipient from the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which recognizes a student member or active member (credentialed within the past 3 years) that has a consistently participated in district or state activities.
Jackie Topol is a clinical dietitian on the cardiology and oncology units. She earned her M.S. in Clinical Nutrition from New York University and completed her Dietetic Internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in 2012 and then went on to focus on Culinary Nutrition in her Fellowship. Jackie has been on staff since July 2012 and started a cooking demonstration program for oncology patients called the Nourishing Kitchen.
Bridget Quinn attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where she studied Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise with a concentration in Dietetics. She then completed a 10-month dietetic internship at University of Virginia Health System with a focus in nutrition support and pediatrics. Afterwards, she worked as an entry level dietitian at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in the areas of medicine, medical respiratory intensive care unit, bone marrow transplant, oncology and psychiatry. Now she is a staff relief dietitian at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and enjoys living in NYC, spending time with family and friends, sports, zumba and the beach.
Kim Valenza is the Senior Clinical Dietitian for the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program. In her role she provides nutrition assessment and education for adult and pediatric transplant candidates and recipients, and as well as living kidney donors. Prior to joining Weill Cornell, Kim worked as a Clinical Nutritionist at NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center with transplant, cardiac, surgery, infectious disease and general medicine patient populations. Kim is a Registered Dietitian with the Commission of Dietetic Registration since 2008, a New York State Certified Dietitian Nutritionist since 2009, and a Certified Diabetes Educator since 2011. She completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital and graduated with High Distinction from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelors of Science in Nutritional Sciences.
Melissa Vecchione obtained her Bachelor's degree in Finance from The College of New Jersey and worked on Wall Street before realizing that her true passion was in the field of nutrition. She received a Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Dietetics and a Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Science at Montclair State University before completing her Dietetic Internship at the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions Dietetic Internship Program with a concentration in Medical Nutrition Therapy in Clinical and Community. Melissa is very excited to be a part of the clinical dietitian team at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and currently works on the behavioral health, geriatrics, and cardiac units. She enjoys spending time in the city, traveling, and hiking.
Patricia King has been with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital since 2007, starting as a Senior Dietitian at the Weill Cornell campus, and later becoming a Manager for Clinical Nutrition covering Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, The Allen Hospital and transplant programs across sites. Now the Director of Food and Nutrition for The Westchester Division, Patricia is striving to bring best clinical practices and exceptional food services to the behavioral health population. Patricia holds a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition from Long Island University and a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing from Hofstra University. She has previous experiences with North Shore University Hospital and as an Account Manager for several medical nutrition companies.
Kathleen Ryan has been a Clinical Dietitian for over 8 years. Her areas of specialty include Behavioral Health, Culinary Nutrition, and Oncology (Board Certified). Kathy has a passion for disease prevention education, cooking, and eating delicious food.
Junichi Sakaki received his BS in Nutrition Sciences from UConn, completed his dietetic internship at Johns Hopkins, and joined the NYP team in the summer of 2014. Jun is now managing the nutritional needs of the eating disorders and long-term stay unit at NYP/Westchester and loving the challenge. In his free time he'll take any opportunity to play soccer.
Jacqueline Spang has been employed at NYP Westchester for 26 years. She completed her dietetic internship program at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Jackie thoroughly enjoys her work as a dietitian and working for this great institution!
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