I educate patients on the basics of maintaining a healthy body in order to prevent disease - especially obesity and diabetes. I primarily focus on Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) - effective management techniques for diabetics and prediabetics that are self-directed, by which patients can improve the quality of their everyday lives apart from the constant tug of doctors' orders. By combining nursing expertise with personalized tips and tricks, I help design a DSME program customizable to each patient and his/her specific lifestyle.
I guide patients to reject the backseat approach to healthcare, and rather to become active members of their caretaking team in which they have just as much a stake in the process as their physicians. I draw on my personal experience as both an informed healthcare professional and an informed patient to coach them on asking the right questions, help them interpret test results in confidentiality, and accompany them to medical appointments upon request to ensure thorough understanding of all patient-doctor communication.
Health literacy is the process of teaching individuals complex issues in plain language with the goal of having them understand basic health information. I get involved with local health clinics, senior centers, libraries, and other groups to promote diabetes education and establish accessible health and diabetes education programs for seniors and other community members. I also touch on the topics of healthy aging, adult sex education, and mental health advocacy as part of a holistic health literacy approach to help patients understand the body as one dynamic system.
Currently, I am an independent practitioner and founder of Teaching for Health. Through this organization, I design ongoing pre-diabetes and diabetes programs based on my areas of expertise above. My goal is to promote accessible health and diabetes education in my community, especially to older adults who are unfortunately in the dark about their own health.
My approach is unique. One class doesn't do it. I recognize the importance of crafting an ongoing series of classes, seminars, workshops, and so on, to nudge the ball into the court of the diabetic (or pre-diabetic) - to help patients gradually shift into healthier lifestyles. No diabetic left behind!
I advocate for using food, some form of exercise, reduction of stress, and adequate sleep as the main medicines rather than a bunch of medications that nobody quite understands what for. Also key is learning to administer insulin properly, and all the basic facts that help patients understand what insulin really is. The ultimate goal is to avoid the complications of diabetes by controlling blood sugar, as well as lose weight over time if necessary, through relatively simple routine changes. There's lots to learn and often times docs don't tell patients all they need to know - so I'm here to help fill in the gaps.
A full list of the services that I offer can be found to your right. I'm available to bring my educational programming to anywhere it might be of use. My current schedule, including short descriptions of my positions, can be found in calendar style below. If you have any other ideas in mind about how I might be of service to you or your organization, feel free to contact me. Together, we can fashion a personalized program that helps you in the way you need!