Diabetes & Nutrition
Comprehensive Diabetes Care in Jackson Hole
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 Medical Center,
we have taken an aggressive approach to diabetes management, with services
covering prevention, education, and new treatment research.
- 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
Diabetes Prevention Program
We are proud to offer a free, 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
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
- Telemedicine with the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes (University of Colorado)
- Diabetes Prevention Program
- Follow-up care
- Insulin administration
- Insulin pump training
- Insulin adjustment
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, 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
Medical Center 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.
Susanne 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 & Pre-Register Today
Jumpstart your diabetes care at St. John’s by
pre-registering for service. This will save you time during your first check-in and provide your caregivers
with valuable information.
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.