The American Diabetes Association recommends that people with diabetes be seen by a multidisciplinary team to manage diabetes most effectively. This team should include an endocrinologist, a diabetes nurse or nurse practitioner, a certified diabetes educator, a dietitian and a social worker or family therapist.
Your child's team at the Diabetes Center for Children will include a team member from each of these groups. Team members are specially trained to manage diabetes and to help your child enjoy a happy and healthy childhood in spite of the daily considerations that diabetes brings.
All of our team members are specially trained in pediatric care which allows your family to work in a developmentally appropriate way with the team as your child grows.
Your child's pediatric endocrinologist will work with the team to ensure that your child has the best medical care available. The endocrinologist will be available to you at all appointments and in between, if needed.
Your child's nurse practitioner (NP) will see you and your child every three months to evaluate diabetes control and to help your family work diabetes into a healthy lifestyle plan. Your NP will be available to help you on a daily basis to navigate insulin dose changes, reach developmental goals with your child, and custom work special social situations.
Your child's certified diabetes educator will help you incorporate every aspect of diabetes into your daily life. Your certified diabetes educator will teach you skills such as: taking medication, checking blood glucose levels and ketones, and establish goals for you and your child. Your educator is also certified on insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring systems.
Your child's dietitian will help your family figure out how healthy eating can fit into your household and how you can all work together to manage the food with the insulin or medication that your child will need.
Your child's social worker has been specially trained in family therapy and can help you as you adjust to the many different aspects of diabetes. Our social workers can help your family navigate complicated insurance situations and find resources that you might not have known existed.
To see our complete team listing, visit the Meet the Team page.