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 314-525-4523 for more information, or you may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. I have a Master’s degree in Nursing as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management, and I hold a certification in Clinical Nurse Leadership. 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.
Alison Brinker, RD, LD, CDE
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.
Emily Nice, RD, LD
I have been a registered dietitian since 2016. I have always had a passion for food and for helping people; however, it wasn’t until halfway through my first year of college that I realized I could combine the two into one career goal. I went on to complete the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at the University of Missouri in Columbia where I obtained my Bachelor’s degree. I started my professional career working both with hospitalized patients in various disease states and with outpatient diabetes education/counseling. Throughout my time working with these patients, I developed a knack for education. I love helping people to make lasting lifestyle changes which positively affect their overall health and wellbeing. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends and hiking with my dog.
Elizabeth Schwalbert, Operations Assistant
I have been with St. Anthony’s since 1979, I enjoy working with patients, making sure they are getting the care they need and deserve. To further aid our patients and staff, I have completed the Paraprofessional Level 1 in Diabetes Education. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and reading
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!