Meet Our Pediatric Gastroenterology Team

Meet the doctors, specialized nurses, child life specialists, research coordinator, and social workers who help your child during treatment at the Pediatric Gastroenterology Program, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital of New York at NYU Langone.

Pediatric Gastroenterologists

Ayelet Schieber, MS, RD, Registered Dietitian

Ayelet SchieberMs. Schieber completed her dietetic internship through NYU at Montefiore Medical Center and holds a master’s degree in clinical nutrition and dietetics from NYU. Ms. Schieber is a great resource for all things relating to food and nutrition, from symptom management to weight maintenance to healthy snack ideas.

Janis Atty, MA, CCLS, ATR-BC, Child Life Specialist

Janis AttyAs a child life specialist at NYU Langone’s Fink Children's Ambulatory Care Center, Ms. Atty helps pediatric patients and their families understand and cope with medical illnesses and experiences. By providing education, preparation, emotional support, and guidance, child life specialists such as Ms. Atty encourage positive development and wellbeing in children facing a wide range of challenging life events.

Hayley Adkisson, LCSW, Social Worker

Hayley AdkissonMs. Adkisson received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and holds a master’s degree in social work from NYU. Ms. Adkisson is the primary social worker for children with gastrointestinal, endocrine, rheumatologic, and nephrologic conditions. She specializes in gastrointestinal and eating disorders, severe mental illness, palliative and end-of-life care, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and mood disorders.

Leora Hauptman, MS, RN, CPNP, Nurse Practitioner

Leora HauptmanMs. Hauptman is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of Nursing, where she received both her bachelor of science and master of science degrees. She received a bachelor of arts in health: science, society, and policy from Brandeis University. Ms. Hauptman has many years of experience working with children with gastrointestinal disorders and developmental disabilities.

Michelle Chieco, BSN, RN, Nurse

Michelle ChiecoMs. Chieco received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Fairfield University and is a nurse on the gastroenterology care team. She helps patients and their families with any needs they may have, including scheduling appointments and preparing for procedures.

 

Kimberly Harrison, CPNP, Nurse Practitioner

Kimberly HarrisonMs. Harrison is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of Nursing, where she received both her bachelor of science and master of science degrees. She also received her bachelor of arts in psychology from Colorado College. Ms. Harrison has been a pediatric nurse practitioner since 2007, providing care for children with chronic illnesses.

Jacqueline Ballou, MS, RD, CDN, Pediatric Clinical Nutrition Coordinator

Jacqueline BallouMs. Ballou is director of the S.Q.U.A.S.H. (Smart choices, Quality ingredients, Unique, Appetizing, Simple, and Healthy) Program at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Providence College, as well as a master’s degree in nutrition from Boston University. Ms. Ballou has a certificate in childhood and adolescent weight management through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Kenza Hill, Pediatric Celiac Disease and Gluten Related Disorders Program Coordinator

Ms. Hill has worked in pediatrics as a program coordinator in both North Carolina and New York City hospitals for more than 10 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Salem College in North Carolina and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in psychology with a focus in medical research at Hunter College of The City University of New York.

Claudia Pantoja, MD, Research Coordinator

Claudia PantojaDr. Pantoja is a graduate of Universidad Catolica Nordestana in the Dominican Republic, where she received her medical doctor degree. She is the research coordinator for the pediatric gastroenterology team.