My expertise is in working with children and emerging adults, with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, as the primary diabetes provider. I have been involved with diabetes camps in California and Georgia for 30 years serving in a variety of roles, from counselor to a medical committee member establishing medical protocols for all aspects of diabetes management within the camp setting. I was an early adopter of insulin pump therapy in children with Type 1 diabetes and was instrumental in starting the first pumps at UCSF for a pediatric patient in 1996 and for the first toddler in 1998; I have subsequently started over 500 children, from toddlers to adolescents, on pumps. I also have a special interest in working with Spanish-speaking populations using a “shared medical appointments” model.
Another passion of mine is educating the next generation of nurses specializing in diabetes care. I am on Faculty with the Department of Family Health Care Nursing and am proud to be leading the effort for the first and only school in the country to offer a diabetes minor degree for nurse practitioners (see national news video). In addition, I thoroughly enjoy mentoring students, who are already registered nurses, in the Madison Clinic Peggy Huang Diabetes Nurse Fellows Program. This sub-specialty education includes the diabetes minor, plus advanced nurse practitioner clinical training in management of diabetes.