One look at our staff (all white women except for me, and Nina who is Hispanic) might give you the impression that we only hire one type of person here at IDS. That’s true… but not the way you think. I don’t care what someone looks like or what their heritage is. I do care that they are qualified and have a strong connection/commitment to diabetes. Besides, even though our staff might look similar, we are proud to be diverse in countless ways. Some of us have tattoos. Some are devout animal lovers. Some avoid meat, others are active hunters. We have varied political and religious views, and ages ranging from the 20s to the 70s. Heck! We even have Cowboys and Eagles fans working together. To learn more about the interests behind our people, check out the “Fun Facts” below each staff member’s bio on our website.
We also appreciate working with a diverse set of clients. I personally enjoy getting to know each patient personally. Everyone has their own unique background and skillset, which gives me a chance to learn a thing or two from them. That’s why we don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach. Every service is tailored to the specific wants and needs of the individual. That’s also why we are flexible with our fees: Everyone, regardless of their socioeconomic background, deserves to benefit from the best diabetes care possible.
Another aspect of diversity involves our service offerings. In addition to our 1-on-1 consulting for diabetes management/education, we offer a number of specialized service packages:
IDS Specialized Service Packages
Weigh to Be You – A 16-week weight management program specifically designed for insulin users, led by our Director of Nutrition & Weight Management, SaRene Brooks.
Time Out for Caregivers – A bi-monthly group reprieve for parents/caregivers of kids & teens with diabetes, led by three of our staff who have kids with T1D (Tavia Vital, SaRene Brooks and Nina Coleman).
Outmuscle Diabetes – A series of virtual exercise classes and personal training services provided by T1 exercise physiologist Kathryn Gentile.
T1 Pregnancy Care – Conception-through-delivery care provided by Jennifer Smith, author of “Pregnancy With Type-1 Diabetes”.
In the meantime, join us in enjoying and celebrating diversity. There is no better way to learn and grow.
I hope you enjoy this month’s edition of Diabetes Bites. Be sure to check out our featured clinician columns and news items. And for a bit of fun, see if you can answer this month’s trivia question, or reply to our monthly survey. Your feedback is always appreciated – I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
This month I am highlighting the Time Out for Caregivers program. It’s an interactive program for caregivers of kids, teens, and young adults with type 1 diabetes that provides a safe space to gain support, skills, and strategies for navigating day-to-day life.