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Clinical Nutrition Manager
Dietetic Internship Director

Program Director Jill Johnston MS, RD, LDJill Johnston MS, RD, LD
Education: West Virginia University
   M.S. Community Health Education & Dietetic Internship
   B.S. Dietetics
WVU Medicine Employee Since: 1994; Current Position since 2001
Experience: 
     Clinical Dietitian Ruby Memorial Hospital: 1994-01
     Clinical Nutrition Manager St. Francis Hospital: 1992-94
     WIC Project Nutritionist II Erie, PA: 1991-92
     Clinical Dietitian United Hospital Center: 1990-91
     Clinical Dietitian Charleston Area Medical Center: 1989-90
Other: Membership chair/New Member Liaison
     Past WVAND Positions:
       MNT Reimbursement Chair; Co-chair for Public Relations
       Foundation chair; Treasurer, Secretary


In-patient/ Outpatient Clinical Dietitian Preceptors

RD Group 5

The program faculty members, for the supervised practice experience in the clinical areas, are registered and licensed dietitians. The clinical staff has advanced training and experience in a variety of specialty areas including pediatrics, diabetes, blood and marrow transplantation, renal nutrition and nutrition support.  Clinical Dietitians at WVU Medicine have order writing privileges for supplements and labs, partake in malnutrition coding which enables the hospital reimbursement for their services, as well as complete nutrition focused physical assessments (NFPA) on their patients. Our staff members and affiliation preceptors have years of experience not only in their areas of specialization but also in the education of dietetic practitioners. Many are graduates of the WVU Medicine Dietetic Internship.
 

Rachel Allio, MS, RD, LD
 Position:  Bariatric Surgery Dietitian
 Education:  West Virginia University
 WVU Medicine Dietitian Since:  2017


Rebecca Dattola, RD, LD
 Position:  Clinical Dietitian for Oncology/Blood and Marrow Transplant Service and OBS
 Education: West Virginia University
 WVU Medicine Employee Since:  2013

Heather Dyson MS, RD, LD
 
Position: Outpatient Dietitian: Cheat Lake Physicians and Wound Care Center
 Education: West Virginia University
 WVU Medicine Employee Since: 2011
 WVU Medicine Internship Class: 2010-2011

Sarah Edwards, RD, LD 
 Position:  Diabetes Center Dietitian
 Education:  West Virginia University
 WVU Medicine Employee Since: 2006
 WVU Medicine Internship Class: 2005-2006

Emily Farina, RD, LD
 Position: Clinical Dietitian-Neurology, Medicine, ALS clinic
 Education:  Penn State University
 WVU Medicine Employee Since 2017
 WVU Medicine Internship Class 2015-2016

Alliene Farley MS, RD, LD
 Position: Clinical Dietitian for the Adult/Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Clinic
 Education: West Virginia University, Marshall University
 WVU Medicine Employee Since: 2010
 Other: Member of WVAND- Let's Move Coordinator
           Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
           Poster Presentation and Abstract Publication:
           - North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference on: The Evaluation of Patient Understanding
             Followed with Education in Efforts to Improve Adherence to Vitamin Supplementation at
             an Outpatient Cystic Fibrosis Clinic
           Speaker at:
           - The West Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on:
             Nutrition and Cystic Fibrosis Through the Life Span

Chris Ferencak RD, LD, CNSC
 Position: Clinical Dietitian for Medical Intensive Care and Same Day Surgery
 Education: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
 WVU Medicine Employee Since: 1983
 Other: Member of Nutrition Support Subcommittee, Secretary
           Speaker at:
           - Pulmonary Grand Rounds on the topic of: Nutrition Support in the ICU

Michelle Garcia, RD, LD
 Position:  Bariatric Surgery Dietitian
 Education: University of Central Missouri
 WVU Medicine Employee Since:  2016
 WVU Medicine Internship Class 2015-2016

Justine Haney, MS, RD, LD
 Position:  Diabetes Center Dietitian
 Education: West Virginia University
 WVU Medicine Employee Since:  2017

Karen Higginbotham MS, RD, LD
 Position: Clinical Dietitian for Pediatrics, Maternal infant care center, Observation
 Education: West Virginia University; University at Buffalo
 WVU Medicine Employee Since: 2013

Cynthia Imboywa, RDE 
 Position:  Bariatric Surgery Dietitian
 Education:  Framingham State College
 WVU Medicine Employee Since: 2017
 WVU Medicine Internship Class: 2016-2017

Elizabeth Kneiss, RDE
 Position:  Clinical Dietitian Pediatrics
 Education:  West Chester University
 WVU Medicine Employee Since:  2017
 WVU Medicine Internship Class:  2016-2017

Gina Kontur, RD, LD
 Position:  Inpatient/Outpatient Dietitian-Medicine/Endocrine clinics + Orthopedics and OBS
 Education: Youngstown State University
 WVU Medicine Employee since:  2017

Kelly Loomis MS, RD, LD, CDE
 Position: Clinical Dietitian for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
 Education: Penn State University
 WVU Medicine Employee Since: 2011
 WVU Medicine Internship Class: 1990-2000
 Other: Selected Publications and Presentations:
          - Steps Cooperative Agreement Program Workshop & Action Institute, Seattle, WA.
            “Literacy & Health Outcomes: Is Technology a Vital Link?”  
            “Sustainable organizational and environmental changes through school health liaisons.”
            “Action steps to create sustainable community health programs.”
          - The National Obesity Action Forum, Bethesda, MD.
            “Multi-level Partnerships Address Obesity-Related Health Disparities in Children.”  
          - Pennsylvania Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.
            “Mobilizing Rural Community Partnerships for Child Nutrition.”
          - Journal of the American Dietetic Association
             "Lessons Learned: An International Program in Nutrition"  

Jennifer Lowry RD, LD
 Position: Clinical Dietitian for Medicine and Nephrology
 Education: West Virginia University
 WVU Medicine Employee Since: 2005
 Other: Member of the Inter-professional Partnership Council
           Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Kelsey Markham RD, LD
 Position: Clinical Dietitian for the WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
 Education: Penn State University
 WVU Medicine Employee Since: 2012
 WVU Medicine Internship Class: 2011-2012
 Other: Member of the Nutrition Support sub-committee

Darby McDowell RD, LD, CNSC
 Position: Clinical Dietitian for the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Surgery Service
 Education: West Virginia University
 WVU Medicine Employee Since: 2001
 WVU Medicine Internship Class: 1994-1995
 Other: Member of the American Society of Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition
           Member of the Nutrition Support Team
           Member of the Pharmacy Nutrition and Therapeutics Team
           Wound Care Committee
           Speaker at:
           - The Critical Care conference for the WV Chapter of American College of Surgeons
             and WV Society of Health Systems Pharmacists on:  
             Nutrition Support in Critical Care

Tiffany Mihaliak, RD, LD 
 Position:  Clinical Dietitian for Cardiology, Medicine and OBS
 Education: West Virginia University
 WVU Medicine Employee Since:  2016

Danielle Nielsen, RD, LD
 Position: Clinical Dietitian for Trauma Service, Medicine step-down unit, Post Anesthesia recovery and Observation unit
 Education:  Indiana University of Pennsylvania
 WVU Medicine Employee since 2015
 WVU Medicine Internship class:  2014-2015

Alyssa Paglia, RD, LD
 Position:  Outpatient Heart and Vascular Institute Dietitian
 Education: The Ohio State University
 WVU Medicine Employee Since:  2014

Amanda Pratt, RD, LD
 Position:  Outpatient Pain Clinic Dietitian
 WVU Medicine Employee Since:  2017

Emily Russell, MS, RD, LD
 Position: Clinical Dietitian for Cardiology including CCU/CTU
 Education:  West Virginia University; Texas A & M University
 WVU Medicine Employee Since:  2013

Helenia Sedoski MS, RD, LD
 Position: Clinical Dietitian for Pediatric Adolescent Outpatient Clinics-Allergy, Adolescent Reproductive,  Nephrology and Pulmonary
 Education: West Virginia University
 WVU Medicine Employee Since: 2012
 Other: LWT Food Science and Technology
           - "Sensory evaluation and quality indicators of nutritionally-enhanced
               egg product with omega-3 rich oil

Judy Siebart MS, RD, LD, CDE
 Position: Clinical Dietitian and Diabetes Educator for the Department of Family Medicine
 Education: Penn State University, West Virginia University
 WVU Medicine Employee Since: 2013
 WVU Medicine Internship Class: 1989-1990

Debbie Vangieson RD, LD
 Position: Clinical Dietitian for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
 Education: West Virginia University
 WVU Medicine Employee Since: 1993-1994
 Other: Member of the Nutrition Support sub-committee
           Member of the NICU nutrition committee

Leah Woodburn MS, RD, LD, CDE
 Position: Clinical Dietitian for Outpatient Pediatric Clinics: Endocrine, GI and Lipid
 Education: West Virginia University
 WVU Medicine Employee Since: 2007

Mary Anne Yanosik RD, LD
 Position: Clinical Dietician for the Outpatient Cancer Center
 Education: Seton Hill
 WVU Medicine Employee Since: 2007

Administrative Preceptors

David Mittelmeier, MBA, CDM, CFPP
 Position: Director of Nutrition Services
 Education:
 WVU Medicine Employee Since: 2016

Ron Anthony
 Position:  Night Shift Supervisor
 WVU Medicine Employee Since:  2015

Alex Bacho
 Position:  Executive Chef/Production Manager
 WVU Medicine Employee Since:  2017

Stephanie Juristy
 Position: Catering Manager
 Education:  BA Organization Management-Alderson Broaddus, MBA-Waynesburg University
 WVU Medicine Employee Since: 2015
 Other: +20 Years of Experience

Kevin Currey
 Position: Retail Manager
 Education: West Virginia University
 WVU Medicine Employee Since: 2012
 Other: +25 years of Food Service Experience

Stefanie Davis
 Position: Administrative Assistant
 WVU Medicine Employee Since: 2010
 Other: +3 years Experience

Cathy Jefferson
 Position: Supervisor
 WVU Medicine Employee Since: 2005
 Other: Worked Internationally in Germany for 3 Years

Tina Martin
 Position: Administrative Assistant
 WVU Medicine Employee Since: 1990
 Other: +20 years Experience

Sheilah McGalah
 Position:  Supervisor
 WVU Medicine Employee Since:  2017

Ken Phares
 Position: Patient Services Manager
 Education: West Virginia University
 WVU Medicine Employee Since: 2006
 Other: + 10 years of Food Service/ Nutrition Experience

Lorrie Stiner
 Position: Administrative Assistant
 Education: Laurel Highland and Fayette County Vocational Technical School Food Service Program
 WVU Medicine Employee Since: 1995
 Other: +18 Years of Experience

Kendra Stoen MS, RD
 Position: Director of Nutrition Services
 Education: Seton Hill University, Purdue University
 WVU Medicine Employee Since: 2004
 Other: Past WVAND President
           Recipient of the "Outstanding Dietitian of the Year" for the State of WV
           +30 years Experience in Foodservice and Management

Ally Teets
 Position: Supervisor
 WVU Medicine Employee Since: 2008
 Other: +9 years Experience

Outside Services Preceptors

Anna Davis RD, LD
 Position: Food Service Director
 Location of Rotation: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
 Education: Texas Christian University
 Other: + 20 years of Experience

Brenda Fisher MS, RD, LD
 Position: Nutritionist
 Location of Rotation: WIC

Pam Hamilton MS, RD, LD
 Position: Executive Director, Associate Professor/Program Coordinator
 Location of Rotation: Fairmont State Community & Technical College
 Other: Past WVAND President

Brooke Nissim-Sabat MS, RD, LD
 Position: Assistant Professor of Foods and Nutrition
 Location of Rotation: Pierpont Community &Technical College
 Education: Marshall; West Virginia University- Masters of Public Health (in progress)
 Other: Director, WV Child Nutrition Center
           Chair, WV Action for Healthy Kids
           WV Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Executive Board