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Diabetes & Nutrition

Comprehensive Diabetes Care in Jackson Hole

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Nearly 10% of the United States population has been diagnosed with diabetes. While a cure is not yet available, treatments have undergone radical advancements to make managing the disease easier. At St. John’s Health, we have taken an aggressive approach to diabetes management, with services covering prevention, education, and new treatment research options.

Diabetes services include:

  • Advanced medical management
  • Glucometer download
  • Diagnostic continuous glucose monitoring
  • Insulin pump initiation and management
  • Dietary evaluation
  • Medical nutrition therapy
  • Management of associated complications
  • Gestrational Diabetes Eduction

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Diabetes Prevention Program

We are proud to offer a CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). The techniques in this program have been proven to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 58%, and teach new lifestyle habits that enhance a participant’s overall health.

A simple blood test—the hemoglobin A1c—can determine if you have a condition called prediabetes. With prediabetes, your blood sugar levels are higher than normal (A1c over 5.7%), but not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis (A1c over 6.4%). Left untreated, prediabetes can easily progress to diabetes, which increases your risk for serious health problems, such as heart attack, stroke, blindness, and nerve damage.

If you have prediabetes, or you are at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes, take an active role in reducing your risk factors by working with your healthcare team.

Managing Diabetes Courses

Managing diabetes can be complex, and many people find it difficult to handle without guidance. St. John’s Diabetes Education offers appointments to meet one-on-one with a certified diabetes educator or registered dietitian under a medical director. This program is officially recognized by the American Diabetes Association and can help you manage the demands of your disease and give you the tools to control it – so it doesn’t control you.

Whether you have been recently diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, or you are seeking to focus on a particular aspect of your diabetes management, our certified diabetes educators can help you by providing a full spectrum of programs, counseling, and classes.

  • Learn more about managing diabetes with:
  • Exercise prescription for maintaining and improving strength and endurance
  • Medication instruction
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Prevention and treatment of acute and chronic complications
  • Stress management
  • Preconception/pregnancy management or GDM
  • Delivery of Diabetes Education via Telehealth
  • Diabetes Prevention Program
  • Follow-up care
  • Insulin administration
  • Insulin pump training
  • Insulin adjustment

Diabetes Educators

Diabetes care at St John’s brings together a team to treat every aspect of your condition. Nutrition, exercise, medications – our team looks at your entire picture of health. The educational team is directed by Sarah Peterson and Susanne Schenk.

Sarah Peterson, blond womanSarah Peterson, RD, LD, Registered Dietitian
Sarah graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics. Her dietetic internship was completed through Keene State College in Keene, NH. Sarah has been with St. John’s Health for one year and has over five years of experience as a Dietitian. She is in the process of working toward being a certified diabetes educator. She is insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor trained.

Susie Schenk, blonde womanSusanne Schenk, RN, CDE, Certified Diabetes Educator
Susanne is credentialed as a Certified Diabetes Educator® (CDE®) by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. To be eligible to take the rigorous exam, which has only a 65% pass rate, candidates must have years of experience seeing patients. This certification recognizes Susanne's comprehensive knowledge of and experience in working with patients with all types of diabetes.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Diabetes services are offered at 555 E Broadway, Suite 201 in Jackson, WY. Normal hours are 8:30 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Call 307.733.7222 to learn more about our diabetes prevention, education, and management courses.