The Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute is staffed by board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric endocrinologists, diabetes nurse practitioners, certified diabetes educators, nurses, social workers, psychologists, pharmacists, exercise physiologists and more, all focused on caring for children with diabetes and their families.
Dr. Kupper A. Wintergerst
“With amazing support from the community, we’ve been able to stay on the cutting edge to provide the very best for the patients and families we serve. That includes comprehensive pediatric endocrinology care and the Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute — the largest and most comprehensive pediatric diabetes center in Kentucky.”
Dr. Wintergerst, Pediatric Endocrinologist, Director — Wendy Novak Diabetes Institute
Heather Rush, APRN, CDCES New Patient and Family Program Lead
Each year, approximately 150 children in our community are diagnosed with diabetes. The New Patient and Family Program provides support to children and their families after a diagnosis with diabetes. Each patient receives a comprehensive treatment plan, a communication plan with 24-hour support, a diabetes education manual and access to nutrition classes.
Sara E. Watson, M.D.Pediatric Endocrinologist Type 2 Diabetes Program Lead
Genetics play a role in Type 2 diabetes, but lifestyle is very important, too. A combination of these factors can cause insulin resistance, the most common reason for developing Type 2 diabetes. We work to expand access and services to improve outcomes for families impacted Type 2 diabetes.
Jaime Walker, MSN, R.N., MLDE, CDE, CPN School Outreach Program Lead
Working directly with local school systems, the School Outreach Program supports teachers, counselors and families so children with diabetes can safely adjust to the school and sports environments. Educating children about diabetes is critical in managing this disease, particularly with the influence of lifestyle on Type 2 diabetes. The program stresses the importance of exercise, healthy snacks and meals to help prevent Type 2 diabetes. Helping others understand what students with diabetes are facing helps create a more understanding, supportive environment.
Catalina Cabrera Salcedo, M.D. General Diabetes Adherence Resource Team (DART) Program Lead
Children with uncontrolled Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes are at high risk for short-term and long-term health complications, including a shortened lifespan or even death. The DART consists of a diabetes educator, dietitian, endocrinologist, nurse practitioner, social worker and psychologist who work with patients and their families to minimize and prevent diabetes complications by providing needed resources to stay on track in managing blood sugar levels.