I’ve never been much of a businessman.In fact, the smartest business move I ever made was asking my wife for advice on “human resource” stuff (that’s really her thing).She taught me that you can always teach skills, but you can’t teach personality.How true is that!?Being a dutiful husband, I’ve taken her advice.And what did it get me?A team that I am SUPER proud of.
Jenny Smith is our longest-tenured clinician.She’s like a big (actually petite) sponge, absorbing skills left and right, constantly building on her already-impressive talents.She has single-handedly created an outstanding type-1 pregnancy management program and continues to work with patients of all shapes and sizes on adopting healthier lifestyles.Her latest endeavor involves coaching patients on adoption of the latest DIY hybrid closed-loop technologies.
Alicia Downs joined us a couple of years ago intent on focusing her nursing skills in the diabetes arena.Talk about a quick study!I’m happy to say that her talents now surpass mine when it comes to teaching and managing patients with complex health backgrounds.Despite raising a toddler and taking on every difficult assignment I can throw her way, she managed to complete her Masters in Nursing this past month.Congrats Alicia!
Diane Herbert recently returned to IDS after a stint in the corporate world.How much more can you say about a mom raising a child with diabetes who also happens to possess amazing gifts for listening, relating, and building up everyone around her.
The newest member of our team, Kristen Garron, brings incredible passion for helping the sometimes-overlooked type-2 patient.We’re all going to learn a lot from her.But she’s not limiting herself to her “comfort zone”.Kristen is taking it upon herself to learn all the nuances of type-1 management as well.
And I don’t want to overlook the invaluable contributions of our office staff – Karen and Nancy.They are committed, competent and caring.But more importantly, they’re fun to be around.
Bottom line, I’m glad I listened to my wife.Otherwise, I’d be surrounded by a bunch of drones with no personalities.Technological advances are great, but it still takes the right personality to succeed.
As always, please reach out if there is anything we can do to assist you or a loved one with diabetes.I hope you enjoy this issue of Diabetes Bites!Your feedback is always welcome.
Get paid for your opinion! Patients (14 and older) and Caregivers (family, friends) of any disability, disorder, syndrome, disease or condition are provided an opportunity to voice their opinions through surveys and interviews to improve medical products and services.
A new study of people with type 1 diabetes was done comparing those with diabetes, to matched controls in the general population. The goal: Look at how age at diagnosis of type 1 diabetes relates to cardiovascular disease and mortality.
According to a recent study, male participants who were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and engaged in intensive exercise in the first few months after diagnosis saw a honeymoon period that lasted 5 x longer than those who were not exercising.
Alicia: UnLeashed! October article: When you have Diabetes: Why you NEED a doctor when you are WELL .... We have all heard the analogies that our body is like a car, we need to fuel it, keep good tires on it, and take it for an oil change every so often.