Talk Diabetes is sponsored by the Diabetes Education Program at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Our mission is to provide effective and state of the art diabetes self-management training in a caring and compassionate manner. Call 314-525-4508 (option 2) for more information.
Our Staff & Authors
We are very proud of our highly trained team. Many of our educators have over twenty years of experience in healthcare and education and all are active members in numerous health associations:
American Diabetes Association
American Association of Diabetes Educators
St. Louis Association of Diabetes Educators
American Dietetic Association
St. Louis Dietetic Association
St. Louis Diabetes Coalition
Nurse Diabetes Educators:
Sue Klick, MSN, RN, CNL
I have been a registered nurse since 1994 and started my career working with hospitalized inpatients in a variety of areas. I then spent ten years working in outpatient dialysis clinics with patients who were not only experiencing kidney failure, but many of whom also were diabetic. Over the years I have found a passion in educating patients and helping them to lead healthier, happier lifestyles by understanding their diseases. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, travelling with my husband, and walking and hiking.
Kristen Rider, BSN, RN, CDE
I have been a registered nurse since 2006, beginning my career at St. Anthony’s Medical Center. I then went to work in an endocrinology office where I discovered my passion for working with patients with diabetes. I became a Certified Diabetes Educator in 2011 and completed my BSN in 2013. I returned to St. Anthony’s Medical Center in 2014 as a member of the Diabetes and Nutrition Education Department. I always look forward to the opportunity to educate patients and provide them with the knowledge to live well with diabetes.
Dietitian Diabetes Educators:
Cathy Feldmeier, RD, LD
I have been a registered dietitian since 1980 and have worked at St. Anthony’s since 1991. I see patients both in the outpatient setting and in the acute care setting in the hospital. I love the challenge of helping motivated patients make positive changes in their lifestyles. In 2006 I and another of the St. Anthony’s dietitians developed a 6-week weight control/healthy eating program called A Newtritious You! that is still presented at the hospital three times a year. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, reading and playing the piano.
Darla Martin, RD, LD, CDE
I have been a registered dietitian since 1993. I started my career in the hospital working with patients in the intensive care units and cardiac rehab. I then had an opportunity to work in the outpatient setting. I discovered I had a real passion for educating patients in healthy lifestyles and helping them to make changes that would help their health. I saw many patients with diabetes and realized the many challenges that come with the disease. I then decided to become a certified diabetes educator which was complete in 2009.
When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I also enjoy walking, reading and being outdoors.
Alison Brinker, RD, LD
I have been a registered dietitian since 1995. Most of my experience has been in the clinical setting. I have always had a passion for food. Early in college I took an elective nutrition course to satisfy my own interest in food and healthy eating. I realized how much I enjoyed learning about food and what an impact eating can have on overall wellbeing. It was then I decided how much I would enjoy helping others make healthy food choices. I am so excited to be working in the outpatient setting at St. Anthony’s Medical Center. When not at work I enjoy spending time with family, watching my daughter play soccer, trying new restaurants and cooking.
Diane Schreiber, RD, LD
I have been practicing as a clinical RD in the hospital setting since 1987. My current role is to cover all positions in the acute care area of the hospital or in the Diabetes Education program. I have always enjoyed clinical dietetics, because I really enjoy helping people. I enjoy meeting new people daily and teaching them information that will help them improve their health. The smile on a patient’s face as they learn something new to help themselves is why I do what I do!
Kim Sparkman, Operations Assistant
I started my healthcare career as a Pharmacy Technician in my hometown of Danville,Virginia in 1984. I relocated to Missouri with my husband in 2001 and continued in healthcare with Anesthesia Associates of Jefferson County as a medical coder. In 2005, I graduated with a certificate of Professional Medical Coding from Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Missouri and began my career with St. Anthony’s Medical Center in 2006. I have a wonderful husband and one beautiful daughter. In my spare time I tap dance with a group called the Step Sisters and I’m an active member of the Hillsboro Community Civic Center.
If you don’t know someone who has been affected by diabetes yet, you probably will during your lifetime. Millions of Americans are diagnosed with diabetes everyday. I look forward to being an asset to the Diabetes & Nutrition Education Program by providing excellent customer service to all our patients, everyday.
We also have several volunteers who not only help us with much-needed office duties, but are advocates of the commitment to lifelong learning and care of diabetes!