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Published on August 21, 2017

diabetes

Personalized care for diabetes

The third Thursday of each month at Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics Boscobel is busy. "Since we are a place to help, closer to home, we are always booked solid," says Valerie Schaefer, RN, Diabetes Educator.

A team of three comprised of Rachel Mckenney, MD; Chris Swan, Registered Dietitian and Schaefer work together to empower patients by giving them the right tools for self-care.

Valerie Schaefer, RN

Valerie Schaefer, RN

Rachel Mckenney, MD

Rachel Mckenney, MD

Chris Swan, RD

Chris Swan, RD

Schaefer meets with participants to educate them about blood sugar management and the signs and symptoms of diabetes. On the same day, patients also meet with Swan, who works with them to plan menus, and read labels to make healthy eating choices. The team knows each patient walks their own path, and as a result, participant success is measured on an individual basis.

"One patient might see their daily blood sugar numbers decrease, while another patient may find an exercise routine that works for them and experience weight loss," Swan says. "Another person may be able to reduce medication intake, and others may find that they feel better and are less tired. I tell people that we are on your team. We're here to support you and want you
to succeed."

To schedule an appointment, call Gundersen Boscobel at (608) 375-4144. In your area, Gundersen also provides diabetes education in Viroqua and Prairie du Chien.