HOLLY JAKITS, MS, RD, CDE, is a clinical training lead on the Sales Training & Development team at Medtronic Diabetes. She is responsible for developing the clinical content used to train the clinical and sales teams and works cross-functionally with multiple teams on a variety of other clinical initiatives that ultimately impact patients and healthcare professionals. Holly also spent 3 years as a field-based clinician for Medtronic Diabetes in New York City. Previously, she worked in clinical practice and research settings with both adult and pediatric patients.
GENEVA KENNEDY, is a Certified Product Trainer (CPT) for Medtronic, based in Kentucky. For the past 11 years, she has worked collaboratively with the medical team at a large endocrinology practice. Her work for Medtronic includes helping to identify patients with T1D and type 2 diabetes (T2D) who are candidates for pump therapy, and providing support for insurance processes, pre-pump training, pump therapy Initiation, and ongoing training.
HEATHER LECLERC, MS, RD, CDE, is a clinical supervisor of The Diabetes and Endocrine Specialists of Maine, an outpatient practice of Eastern Maine Medical Center where she has worked for the past 28 years. Along with the office’s 5 other CDEs, Heather provides education for patients with diabetes of all ages and assists the 5 providers in the office with day-to-day medical management. Approximately 8 years ago, Heather developed LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults) and is treating it with the MiniMed® 530G with Enlite®.
LAUREL MESSER, RN, MPH, CDE,
guest editor of In the Know
, is a proud diabetes educator and clinical research nurse who has specialized for the past 10 years in type 1 diabetes (T1D), insulin pump, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), and artificial pancreas device system studies. She works with pediatric and adult patients at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Aurora, Colo. Laurel helped author the Pump and CGM Pink Panther
book and has contributed to others in the series. Please send your feedback about the issue to IntheKnow@medtronic.com
ELIZABETH (BETH) NARDACCI, MS, FNP-BC, CDE,
is a family nurse practitioner at Capital Region Diabetes and Endocrine Care in Albany, NY. Her special interests include diabetes technologies, including professional and personal CGM and insulin pump therapy, chronic kidney disease, and renal transplantation. She is a principal investigator in the OpT2mise international pivotal trial for use of insulin pump therapy in type 2 diabetes (T2D). Beth serves as an advisor to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Task Force on Continuous Glucose Monitoring. She was a recipient of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Inspiration Award and has made numerous presentations and published clinical papers on diabetes technologies.
NIKKI RETZKI, RD, CDE,
is a clinical supervisor in the Wisconsin/North Chicago area for Medtronic Diabetes, where she has worked for the past 9 years. Previously, Nikki worked in a clinical setting as a diabetes educator providing education and medical management to patients with T1D and T2D. Her role also included developing protocols and data collection for an American Diabetes Association (ADA)-recognized program and an insulin pump program.
TERRI YEAGER, MSN, CRNP, CDE, BC-ADM,
is a district clinical supervisor with Medtronic Diabetes working in the Western Pennsylvania and Western New York areas. She has worked for many years in pediatric and adult diabetes and has served as a clinical coordinator for various diabetes and endocrine research studies. During her tenure as a diabetes educator, she has published and presented at local education programs as well as at the American Association of Diabetes Educators Annual Meeting. Terri is proud to be a nearly 15-year employee of Medtronic Diabetes, where she was one of the initial field clinical staff and has had the opportunity to work with many healthcare providers and individuals who have diabetes.