About Our Staff

Nutrition Staff At NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center

king-patricia.jpgPatricia King, MBA, RD, CDN

Director of Support Services

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 NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center, 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.

ryan-kathleen.jpgKathleen Ryan, MS, RD, CDN, CSO

Supervisor, Clinical Nutrition Food Services

Kathleen Ryan has been with NewYork-Presbtyterian since 2011.  She started as a Clinical Dietitian at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. In 2015, Kathleen transferred to NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Division as a Senior Clinical Dietitian and later became Supervisor, Clinical Nutrition Food Services in 2018. Kathleen received her BS in Culinary Nutrition from Johnson & Wales University and then went on to complete a Dietetic Internship and receive a MS in Nutrition from the College of Saint Elizabeth. Kathleen’s areas of specialty include Behavioral Health and Culinary Nutrition. Getting involved with the community is also of great importance to Kathleen and she has served as a member of the Westchester Rockland Dietetic Association’s Board of Directors.

cordella-laura.jpgLaura Cordella, MS, RD, CDN

Senior Clinical Dietitian

Laura Cordella received her BA in Psychology from Loyola University Maryland and went on to complete the DPD and Master of Science in Nutrition program at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. She completed her dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian, followed by a 6-month Nutrition Fellowship program specializing in Eating Disorders and Behavioral Health at NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center. She is passionate about helping people improve their relationships with food and the complex connection between nutrition and mental health. Laura enjoys exercising, eating ice cream, and connecting with other people.

nutrition-placeholder.jpgMichelle Moriarty, MS, RD, CDN

Clinical Dietitian

Michelle Moriarty received her BS in Nutrition Sciences from UConn and went on to complete her Dietetic Internship and Master of Science degree in Applied Nutrition at Russell Sage College. In her free time, Michelle enjoys exploring new restaurants and spending time with family and friends.



nutrition-placeholder.jpgCristine Del Pizzo, RD, CDE, CDN

Clinical Dietitian

Cristine received her BA in Dietetics from the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota and also a degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Culinary nutrition and the therapeutic properties of food has always been an area of interest. She has been working as a dietitian for over 15 years and has experience with both adults and pediatrics patients with specialty in diabetes. In her spare time she enjoys cooking & eating as well running and being outdoors.


spang-jacqueline.jpgJacqueline Spang, RD, CDN

Clinical Dietitian

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!




nutrition-placeholder.jpgAndrea Ventura, MS, RD, CDN, IBCLC

Clinical Dietitian

Andrea completed her DI and Master's degree in Clinical Nutrition at CUNY Lehman College. She had previously obtained a Bachelor's degree in Psychology at SUNY Purchase. After initially beginning her career in acute care, her background in mental health made for an easy transition into Westchester Behavioral Health Center. She is interested in the connection between the mind and body throughout the life cycle, with a particular interest in pediatric and prenatal nutrition, as well as lactation. In her free time she enjoys listening to music and spending time with her three boys.