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Published on August 17, 2017

Vicki Novak

Quick, convenient care for an uncommon diagnosis

Arnold Asp, MD

Anne Britt was 28 when she received a diagnosis uncommon for her age: Type 1 diabetes.

Vicki Novak, PA-C

"I was overwhelmed with the diagnosis right away," the West Union native says. But with the help of Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics and Gundersen Health System specialists, Anne and her husband, Tobin, quickly learned about nutrition for type 1 diabetes, specifically about foods that contain carbohydrates. Type 1 diabetics cannot produce insulin, a hormone needed to move the simple sugar – glucose – formed when the body breaks down starches and sugars from the bloodstream to cells in the body.

"When meal planning, I may choose to have fresh fruit instead of the bun on a sandwich because they both contain a similar amount of carbohydrates. Or, if there is a really good dessert I want, I will choose to have lean meat and a salad and save the carbohydrates for dessert."

With diet management and an understanding of how her blood glucose levels respond to exercise, Anne has settled into a normal routine. This includes appointments with Arnold Asp, MD, Gundersen Endocrinology, annually at the Gundersen Decorah Clinic, helpful interactions and information on her care through MyCare, and convenient telemedicine appointments.

"Before telemedicine, if I needed to see Dr. Asp in La Crosse, I would have to take an entire day off of work and make sure there weren't any family activities after school," Anne shares. "Telemedicine has removed those barriers to accessing quality medical care, and it's convenient and easy. Dr. Asp can conduct the examination from La Crosse with the same thoroughness as if he were in the exam room."

"Dr. Asp orders lab work, and I am able to have the labs drawn at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran at my convenience prior to my appointment," Anne continues. "My primary care provider, Vicki Novak (PA-C), is also included on all of that correspondence so she has my current health information available to her as well. Everyone is a great and important part of my team."

For more on services at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran or to schedule an appointment, visit gundersenhealth.org/palmer.