Our Team

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.

Norton Children’s Endocrinology Team

Kupper Wintergerst, M.D.
Pediatric Endocrinology
Wendy L. Novak Endowed
Chair of Pediatric Diabetes
Care and Clinical Research
Suzanne E. Kingery, M.D.
Pediatric Endocrinology
Director, Pediatric and Adolescent Gender Education (PAGE) program
Catalina Cabrera Salcedo, M.D.
Pediatric Endocrinology
Lisal J. Folsom, M.D.
Michael B. Foster, M.D.
Pediatric Endocrinology
Jack Henderson Endowed
Chair of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
Paul S. Hiers, M.D.
Pediatric Endocrinology
Prasanthi Pasala Gandham, M.D.
Pediatric Endocrinology
Bradly J. Thrasher, D.O.
Pediatric Endocrinology Director, Christensen Family Sports & Activity Program
Sara E. Watson, M.D.
Pediatric Endocrinology
Jayme M. Lichtsteiner, APRN
Nurse Practitioner
Stacy A. McCauley, APRN
Nurse practitioner
Sarah E. McKenzie, APRN
Nurse Practitioner
Karen A. Powers, APRN
Nurse Practitioner
Lauren Bauer, APRN
Nurse Practitioner
Heather M. Rush, APRN
Nurse Practitioner
Kellie A. Woodruff, APRN
Nurse Practitioner
Sheila Otten, LCSW
Social Worker
Paula Struck, LCSW
Social Worker
Anna Roberson, CCLS
Tristan Murray, Pharm.D., BCPS
Kristi King, Ph.D.
Exercise Physiology
Karen K. Boomer, M.S., R.D., L.D., CDE, MLDE
Certified Diabetes Educator
Kiersten Hodge, R.N., CDE
Certified Diabetes Educator
Jaime Walker, MSN, R.N., MLDE, CDE, CPN
Certified Diabetes Educator
Norah Price Diabetes Educator
Heidi Wentworth, R.N., MBSN, CDE, MLDE
Certified Diabetes Educator

Research Team

Lu Cai, MD, PhD
Professor and Director, Division Chief, Pediatric Research Institute; Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair for Pediatric Research
Yi Tan, PhD
Associate Professor; Carol B. McFerran Chair of Pediatric Diabetes Research
Stephany Eubanks, RN, BSN, CCRC
Clinical Trials Research Coordinator
Tim McKay, MS, CEP
Research Exercise Physiologist
Gwen Pierce, MSN, RN, CCRC
Clinical Trials Research Manager
Lauren Bauer, APRN, CCRC
Clinical Trials Research Coordinator


Megan B. Coriell, M.D.
Norton Children’s Hospital Fellow
Emily Montgomery, M.D. Norton Children’s Hospital Fellow

To find a provider visit Norton Children’s Endocrinology.