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Nutrition Services for Diabetes

Nutrition counseling for adults and children who have diabetes or pre-diabetes can help you personalize your plate and create a sustainable nutrition approach that fits your individual needs today and into the future. Our team of registered dietitian nutritionists is dedicated to helping you improve your health through evidence-based nutrition education and counseling.

Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) is an essential component of comprehensive health care. Individuals with a variety of conditions and illnesses can improve their health and quality of life through medical nutrition therapy. During an MNT intervention, dietitians counsel clients on behavioral and lifestyle changes required to impact long-term eating habits and health. Medical nutrition therapy includes:

  • A comprehensive nutrition assessment determining the nutrition diagnosis.
  • Nutrition intervention planning and implementation using evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of an individual's progress over subsequent visits.

Our team provides medical nutrition therapy and other services for:

  • Diabetes: types 1 and 2, gestational and pre-diabetes
  • Insulin pump therapy
  • Blood sugar management/continuous glucose monitoring education
  • Weight management
  • Gastroparesis
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
A physician referral is necessary for all appointments. It gives the dietitian the medical information needed to plan an appropriate and individualized counseling session and is also required for insurance. Please check with your insurance company to see if your medical condition is covered for dietitian services.

Providers

  • Nutrition Services

    Biography

    Alyssa Gallagher, RD is a certified diabetes educator with special interests in prediabetes, type 1 diabetes, and diabetes during pregnancy. She has particular expertise in low carb nutrition, weight management, and prenatal nutrition. Alyssa likes working with her patients to make lifelong, sustainable changes to help prevent and treat medical conditions.

    In addition to seeing patients, Alyssa is a preceptor for dietetic interns at Idaho State University.

    Alyssa earned bachelor's degrees in education from Western Oregon University and in nutrition from Oregon State University. In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking, snowshoeing, or biking with her family.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Nutrition Services

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Nutrition Services for Adults

    Biography

    Rachel K. Myers, RD, LD, CDE is a certified diabetes educator and a patient educator at St. Luke's Humphreys Diabetes Center. She has worked as an inpatient clinical dietitian, and has experience with heart disease, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, kidney disease, wound care, and geriatrics.

    Rachel served in the Navy as a helicopter mechanic and plane captain, and in the Army as a platoon leader and military intelligence analyst. She is a recipient of the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist and the Army Commendation Medal.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Nutrition Services for Diabetes

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Nutrition Services

    Biography

    Sarah Seppa, RD, CDE is a registered dietitian and is certified as a diabetes educator by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. She specializes in diabetes, prediabetes, and eating disorders, but she also sees patients with a wide variety of nutrition concerns.

    Sarah earned her master's degree in nutrition science from Bastyr University and completed her dietetic internship from the University of Houston. 

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Nutrition Services

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Nutrition Services

    Biography

    Julie Walker, RDN, LD, CDE has over 30 years as a certified diabetes educator. She participates in local, regional, and national campaigns to improve the lives of people with diabetes. She serves as the consumer protection coordinator for the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to ensure the public receives safe, effective, and reliable nutrition services.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients