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Diabetes Education

Our Care Team

Diabetes is a complex disease, and often a patient with diabetes feels overwhelmed and confused about how to manage it. Working with the primary care physician, a team of diabetes educators can educate, support, and teach self-management skills to the patient with diabetes. This team approach is the best way to ensure that every patient receives the highest quality of care to improve his or her health.

Susi Wals, RN, CDE, BSN
Diabetes Educator and Coordinator of ProgramSusi Wals is the Coordinator of the Metro Health Diabetes Education Program. She has been with Metro Health since 1979 and has worked in the diabetes program since 1999. She became a certified diabetes educator in 2001. Susi has particular experience in helping diabetes patients learn how to manage their disease, including intensive insulin management.
Sarah Vander Hart, MS, RD, CDE
Diabetes EducatorSarah has been a registered dietitian for over 15 years, and a certified diabetes educator since 2004. She enjoys working with people to help them achieve their personal health goals, with a special interest in weight management and pregnancy with diabetes.
Karen Kwekel, RN, BSN, CDE
Diabetes EducatorKaren Kwekel began her career at Metro Health in 1987 as a registered nurse for the hospital. She held a variety of positions before going back to school in 1994 for her BSN. Karen has been a diabetes educator since 1997 and loves her current role helping people manage their diabetes.
Carol Van Rhee, RN, CDE
Diabetes EducatorCarol VanRhee has been a certified diabetes educator since 2005 and has been employed at Metro Health since 2007. She has experience in both classroom diabetes education and clinic visits with a physician. Carol specializes in insulin pump training and management.
Carolyn Belsito, RD, CDE
Diabetes EducatorCarolyn has been a registered dietitian for more than 20 years. She has been a certified diabetes educator since 2006 and part of Metro Health since 2009. She has knowledge and experience in meal planning all kidney conditions. Carolyn is dedicated to helping people learn to eat healthy and manage their disease.
Joy Heyboer
Diabetes AssistantJoy has been employed with Metro Health since 2008 as an assistant in the diabetes program. Joy takes great pride in helping patients get scheduled for needed diabetes appointments. She is the first person the patients talk to and often helps them understand the importance of education.
Raylene Foster, MS, RD, CDE
Diabetes EducatorRaylene has a biomedical science degree and a master’s in nutrition. A certified diabetes educator since 2002, she is a strong believer in lifestyle modification and specializes in insulin pump/continuous glucose monitoring.
Patrice Conrad, MSN, RN, CDE
Diabetes EducatorPatrice has been a certified diabetes educator for more than 20 years. She has a variety of experience in the field, including work with the Diabetes Outreach Network, pediatrics, research and private practice.
Diane Northouse
Diabetes AssistantDiane spent a number of years in the dental field before joining Metro Health. She is motivated to help patients succeed in the program and make positive decisions to benefit their health.





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