I am a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. I grew up in Joplin. I completed my bachelor's in dietetics at Missouri State University. I worked in dialysis for over four years and grew to love my patients and caring for those with chronic disease. Unfortunately, most of my patients were on dialysis from the chronic damage of high blood pressure and/or diabetes. I always wondered, "What if I could have worked with them to prevent them from developing these conditions that would eventually cause kidney failure?"
This led me to pursue diabetes education, but I saw the same issues—people were getting sicker, not better, and more medications were being added.
I then joined a group that provided disease management. During this time, I spent two days in a clinic where patients were reversing chronic disease—getting off medication, feeling great, losing weight . . . and all with just food! I've been using the methods I learned with my patients and see incredible results!
I am excited to join the work Donna is doing here in southwest Missouri. I can't wait to get started with you!